The hottest temperature recorded in every state

The hottest temperature recorded in every state
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A sign for extreme heat in Death Valley, California, in June 2024.
A sign for extreme heat in Death Valley, California.

  • Global temperatures continue to increase, with 2023 recording the warmest numbers on record.
  • In 2021, Oregon, Utah, and Washington broke heat records.
  • The hottest temperature recorded in US history was 134 degrees Fahrenheit in California in 1913.

2023 was the hottest year on record, and 2024 is shaping up to be a scorcher too, with temperature records being shattered from Nevada to North Carolina. However, many of the highest recorded temperatures in each state happened decades ago.

According to the official climate government website, Earth’s temperature has risen by an average of 0.11 degrees Fahrenheit per decade, and 2023 was the warmest year since global records began in 1850.

But global temperature rise doesn’t mean it just gets hotter everywhere at the same rate. In fact, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), some states in the US reached their all-time toastiest temperatures hundreds of years ago.

Here’s a list of every state and its hottest day on record, from the high 90s to above 130 degrees Fahrenheit, according to NOAA.

ALABAMA: 112 degrees Fahrenheit
Montgomery, Alabama.
Montgomery, Alabama. Centreville is located about an hour outside the capital.

Date: September 6, 1925

Location: Centreville

 

ALASKA: 100 degrees Fahrenheit
View from Alaska Highway ALCAN.
View from Alaska Highway ALCAN.

Date: June 27, 1915

Location: Fort Yukon

ARIZONA: 128 degrees Fahrenheit
Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Date: June 29, 1994

Location: Lake Havasu City

 

ARKANSAS: 120 degrees Fahrenheit
Ozark National Forest.
Ozark National Forest.

Date: August 10, 1936

Location: Ozark

 

CALIFORNIA: 134 degrees Fahrenheit
Furnace Creek Visitor Center.
Furnace Creek Visitor Center, which is in Death Valley.

Date: July 10, 1913

Location: Furnace Creek (formerly Greenland Ranch)

CONNECTICUT: 106 degrees Fahrenheit
Danbury, Connecticut.
Danbury, Connecticut.

Date: July 15, 1995

Location: Danbury

Torrington, Connecticut, also reached 106 degrees Fahrenheit on August 23, 1916.

DELAWARE: 110 degrees Fahrenheit
Dock near Millsboro, Delaware.
Dock near Millsboro, Delaware.

Date: July 21, 1930

Location: Millsboro

FLORIDA: 109 degrees Fahrenheit
Tallahassee, Florida.
Tallahassee, Florida. Monticello is less than an hour away from the capital city.

Date: June 29, 1931

Location: Monticello

GEORGIA: 112 degrees Fahrenheit
Greenville, Georgia.
Meriwether County Courthouse in Greenville, Georgia.

Date: August 20, 1983

Location: Greenville

Louisville, Georgia, also reached 112 degrees Fahrenheit on July 24, 1952.

HAWAII: 100 degrees Fahrenheit
Pahala, Hawaii.
Coffee farm in Pahala, Hawaii.

Date: April 27, 1931

Location: Pahala

IDAHO: 118 degrees Fahrenheit
Dworshak Dam near Orofino, Idaho.
Dworshak Dam near Orofino, Idaho.

Date: July 28, 1934

Location: Orofino

ILLINOIS: 117 degrees Fahrenheit
East St. Louis, Illinois.
East St. Louis, Illinois.

Date: July 14, 1954

Location: East St. Louis

INDIANA: 116 degrees Fahrenheit
Indianapolis, Indiana.
Indianapolis, Indiana. Collegeville is an hour and a half away from the capital.

Date: July 14, 1936

Location: Collegeville

IOWA: 118 degrees Fahrenheit
Des Moines, Iowa.
Des Moines, Iowa. Keokuk is located three hours outside the capital.

Date: July 20, 1934

Location: Keokuk

KANSAS: 121 degrees Fahrenheit
Topeka, Kansas.
Topeka, Kansas. Alton is located about three hours outside the capital.

Date: July 24, 1936

Location: Alton

Fredonia, Kansas, also reached 121 degrees Fahrenheit on July 18, 1936.

KENTUCKY: 114 degrees Fahrenheit
Frankfort, Kentucky.
Frankfort, Kentucky. Greensburg is located about two hours outside the capital.

Date: July 28, 1930

Location: Greensburg

LOUISIANA: 114 degrees Fahrenheit
Shreveport, Louisiana.
Shreveport, Louisiana. Plain Dealings is located about one hour outside the city.

Date: August 10, 1936

Location: Plain Dealing

MAINE: 105 degrees Fahrenheit
Augusta, Maine.
Augusta, Maine. North Bridgton is located about an hour away from the capital.

Date: July 10, 1911

Location: North Bridgton

North Bridgton, Maine, also reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit on July 4, 1911.

MARYLAND: 109 degrees Fahrenheit
Cumberland, Maryland.
Cumberland, Maryland.

Dates: July 10, 1936

Location: Cumberland

Frederick, Maryland, also reached 109 degrees Fahrenheit on July 10, 1936. Cumberland, Maryland, reached 109 degrees Fahrenheit on August 7, 1918, and August 6, 1918. Keedysville, Maryland, reached 109 degrees Fahrenheit on August 6, 1918. Boettcherville, Maryland, reached 109 degrees Fahrenheit on July 3, 1898.

 

MICHIGAN: 112 degrees Fahrenheit
The Oscoda County Government Center in Mio, Michigan.
The Oscoda County Government Center in Mio, Michigan.

Date: July 13, 1936

Location: Mio

Stanwood, Michigan, also reached 112 degrees Fahrenheit on July 13, 1936.

MINNESOTA: 115 degrees Fahrenheit
Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Saint Paul, Minnesota. Beardsley is located about three and a half hours outside the capital.

Date: July 29, 1917

Location: Beardsley

MISSISSIPPI: 115 degrees Fahrenheit
Holly Springs, Mississippi.
Holly Springs, Mississippi.

Date: July 29, 1930

Location: Holly Springs

MISSOURI: 118 degrees Fahrenheit
Jefferson City, Missouri.
Jefferson City, Missouri. Union is located about an hour and a half outside the capital.

Date: July 14, 1954

Location: Union

Warsaw, Missouri, also hit 118 degrees Fahrenheit on July 14, 1954.

MONTANA: 117 degrees Fahrenheit
Medicine Lake, Montana
Medicine Lake, Montana.

Date: July 5, 1937

Location: Medicine Lake

Glendive, Montana, also reached 117 degrees Fahrenheit on July 20, 1893.

NEBRASKA: 118 degrees Fahrenheit
Aerial View of Lincoln, Nebraska, in Autumn.
Lincoln, Nebraska.

Date: July 24, 1936

Location: Minden

Hartington, Nebraska, also reached 118 degrees Fahrenheit on July 17, 1936. Geneva, Nebraska, reached 118 degrees Fahrenheit on July 15, 1934.

 

NEVADA: 125 degrees Fahrenheit
Laughlin, Nevada
Laughlin, Nevada.

Date: June 29, 1994

Location: Laughlin

NEW HAMPSHIRE: 106 degrees Fahrenheit
Nashua, New Hampshire
Nashua, New Hampshire.

Date: July 4, 1911

Location: Nashua

NEW JERSEY: 110 degrees Fahrenheit
Sayreville, New Jersey
Sayreville, New Jersey.

Date: July 10, 1936

Location: Runyon (near Sayreville)

NEW MEXICO: 122 degrees Fahrenheit
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.

Date: June 27, 1994

Location: Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (near Loving)

NEW YORK: 108 degrees Fahrenheit
Troy, New York
Troy, New York.

Date: July 22, 1926

Location: Troy

NORTH CAROLINA: 110 degrees Fahrenheit
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Date: August 21, 1983

Location: Fayetteville

NORTH DAKOTA: 121 degrees Fahrenheit
Bismarck, North Dakota
Bismarck, North Dakota.

Date: July 6, 1936

Location: Steele

OHIO: 113 degrees Fahrenheit
Gallipolis, Ohio
Gallipolis, Ohio.

Date: July 21, 1934

Location: Gallipolis

OKLAHOMA: 120 degrees Fahrenheit
Altus, Oklahoma
Altus, Oklahoma.

Date: August 12, 1936

Location: Altus

Altus, Oklahoma, first hit the record on July 19, 1936. Poteau, Oklahoma, also reached 120 degrees Fahrenheit on August 10, 1936. Alva, Oklahoma, reached 120 degrees Fahrenheit on July 18, 1936.

PENNSYLVANIA: 111 degrees Fahrenheit
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

Date: July 10, 1936

Location: Phoenixville

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, also hit 111 degrees Fahrenheit on July 9, 1936.

RHODE ISLAND: 104 degrees Fahrenheit
Aerial panorama of Providence skyline on a late afternoon.
Providence, Rhode Island.

Date: August 2, 1975

Location: Providence

SOUTH CAROLINA: 113 degrees Fahrenheit
Aerial view of the South Carolina skyline at dusk in Columbia, SC.
Columbia, South Carolina.

Date: June 29, 2012

Location: Columbia

SOUTH DAKOTA: 120 degrees Fahrenheit
Fort Pierre, South Dakota
Fort Pierre National Grasslands in South Dakota.

Date: July 15, 2006

Location: Fort Pierre

Gann Valley, South Dakota, also hit 120 degrees Fahrenheit on July 5, 1936.

TENNESSEE: 113 degrees Fahrenheit
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Perryville, Tennessee in 1940.

Date: August 9, 1930

Location: Perryville

Perryville, Tennessee, also hit 113 degrees Fahrenheit on July 29, 1930.

TEXAS: 120 degrees Fahrenheit
Monahans, Texas
Monahans, Texas.

Date: June 28, 1994

Location: Monahans

Seymour, Texas, also hit 120 degrees Fahrenheit on August 12, 1936.

UTAH: 117 degrees Fahrenheit
St George, Utah
St George, Utah.

Date: July 10, 2021

Location: St. George

St. George, Utah, also hit 117 degrees Fahrenheit on July 5, 1985.

VERMONT: 107 degrees Fahrenheit
Windham County, Vermont
Windham County, Vermont.

Date: July 7, 1912

Location: Vernon

VIRGINIA: 110 degrees Fahrenheit
Glasgow, Virginia
Glasgow, Virginia.

Date: July 15, 1954

Location: Balcony Falls

Columbia, Virginia, also hit 110 degrees Fahrenheit on July 7, 1900, and July 5, 1900.

WASHINGTON: 118 degrees Fahrenheit
Hanford, Washington
Hanford, Washington.

Date: June 29, 2021

Location: Hanford

WEST VIRGINIA: 112 degrees Fahrenheit
West Virginia state flag
West Virginia state flag.

Date: July 10, 1936

Location: Martinsburg

Moorefield, West Virginia, also hit 112 degrees Fahrenheit on August 4, 1930.

WISCONSIN: 114 degrees Fahrenheit
Witches Gulch in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Witches Gulch in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Date: July 13, 1936

Location: Wisconsin Dells

WYOMING: 115 degrees Fahrenheit
Diversion Dam
Diversion Dam.

Date: July 15, 1988

Location: Diversion Dam

Basin, Wyoming, also hit 115 degrees Fahrenheit on August 8, 1983.

Sara Kiley Watson contributed to an earlier version of this article. 

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