It has never been this hot in Palm Springs weather history. Just after 3:00 Thursday afternoon, the official temperature at Palm Springs Airport hit 124 degrees, shattering the old record of 116, as a widespread heatwave envelopes the west coast. The previous hottest temperature ever recorded in Palm Springs was 123 degrees and several occasions.
Temperatures in the Coachella Valley rose faster than expected Thursday, prompting forecasters to revise estimates for expected highs. NBC Palm Springs meteorologist Jerry Steffan said that is is altogether possible for Palm Springs to reach 123 degrees, tying the all time high ever recorded in the city. But by mid-afternoon, even that record had been broken.
Other current temperatures just after 1:00PM included 117 in Thermal and Thousand Palms, 119 in Palm Desert, and 115 in Indio. The 122 in Palm Springs is the hottest in the United States, hotter than even Death Valley where at 3:00PM it was 121 degrees.
Grid operators for California’s electrical supply have issued a Flex Alert asking customers to conserve electricity in the wake of the oppressive heat.
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