This has only happened six times since Denver began keeping weather records. Three days in a row this week—all over 100ºF.
With the current heatwave impacting the western United States, Denver recorded a new daily record high temperature yesterday on June 16, 2021, of 100ºF. The previous record was 98ºF.
Other parts of the West are seeing record high temperatures as well, like Salt Lake City, UT, which was 107º on Tuesday.
Are these heatwaves a freak occurrence, or are they a sign of what’s to come this summer—a new, hotter normal for the West this year?