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What's the latest triple digit temperatures on record in Oklahoma? Try two weeks before Halloween in 1972.

by Bryan Painter Published: August 26, 2013

With summer feeling a little more like summer recently, I began wondering, historically how late have triple digit temperatures been recorded in Oklahoma?

Two weeks before Halloween in 1972.

Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, said “It looks like Oct. 17, 1972 was a pretty hot day, and the latest day we saw triple-digit temperatures in the state.”
On that day the highs included: Healdton – 101 degrees; Marietta – 100 degrees; Walters – 100 degrees and Waurika – 100 degrees.
In narrowing the focus, what’s the latest 100 recorded in Oklahoma City? That  occurred on Sept. 30, 1977.  The temperature reached 100 degrees that day.

The average date for the latest 100 in Oklahoma City is August 20.

In other weather notes:

- The high temperatures for Oklahoma City are expected to range from 95 to 97 degree through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office…

- McManus said, “Even with this dry spell, August is still about 0.7″ above normal for the month thus far with a statewide average of 3.03″. Now unfortunately, the southern parts of the state are still below normal, so the statewide average cannot explain everything.”

- On this date in U.S. weather history (Aug. 26): In 1965, late night severe thunderstorms associated with a strong late summer cold front produced 100 mph straight line winds in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana. Two nights later, the temperature at Midway Airport in Chicago fell to 43 degrees, establishing the coldest temperature ever recorded at Midway Airport in August.

- The Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office shows that thunderstorms are not expected in that forecast office’s coverage area of Oklahoma and hot weather is expected to continue through the Sunday. Heat indices will rise to near or above 100 degrees each afternoon. Individuals are encouraged to take precautions to prevent the development of heat-related illness.



by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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