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Phoenix has never seen a hot spell like this so late in the year before


Phoenix is normally one of the hottest cities in the United States, but this year has been abnormally hot in the Valley of the Sun. As of Wednesday, Nov. 17, the city has tied or broken daily high-temperature records on 33 occasions, including three times this week.

On Monday, Phoenix topped out at 92 F, making it the latest 90-degree day on record for the city. This record was broken the very next day when the mercury once again surpassed the 90-degree mark.

The city was once again on the verge of breaking this late-season record on Wednesday, but fell a degree short with a high of 89 F. This was still high enough to break the daily record high of 88 set back on Nov. 18, 2008. The average high temperature there in mid-November is around 75 F.

This is hotter than Death Valley, California, one of the hottest places in the world, which has experienced high temperatures within a few degrees of 80 F early this week.