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Move over Tucson, South Texas is hotter

Move over Tucson, South Texas is hotter
What it must feel like to live in either McAllen or Tucson this month.

One of our web staffers is from the small town of McAllen, Texas, which is way down on the southern tip of the state near the Mexican border. She just returned from a friend's wedding and was noting how "warm" it was there.

I went to see just how warm, and my jaw almost dropped.  Now, being pretty far south, McAllen is no stranger to hot weather, but it's been hot even by their standards. How hot? They out-did Tucson (where my father-in-law lives and gives us weekly weather reports), although it has been a very hot spring across the south so Tucson has been sizzling too.

In fact, it's been a race between the two towns to see who can out-hot the other, but right now McAllen is winning.

On McAllen's resume this sweltering May:

  • 25 of the 26 days so far this month have been over 90 degrees
  • 19 of the 26 days have been over 95, with one over 100.
  • Their average high temperature this month is 95.4 degrees -- a full 6 degrees above their normal high of 89.4 degrees.
  • Their *low* temperature on May 13th was 80 degrees -- several degrees warmer than Seattle's warmest high temperature this year.

In Tucson's corner:

  • 21 of the 26 days have been 90 or hotter but they've had 8 days over 100.
  • Their average high temperature this month is 94.6 degrees, a good four degrees above their normal high of 90.4.

But temperature aside, McAllen gets the cake for heat because the humidity is much, much higher there. For example, on Monday when it hit 101 in McAllen, the dew point was in the 68-72 degree range, which is just downright oppressive for muggy feel.  Meanwhile in Tucson, dew points have been in the 28-42 degree range, which is a much more comfortable heat (as much as 95 can feel comfortable.)

Suffice to say, our staffer was happy to be back in the more mild conditions of the Northwest. Soon, she'll stop feeling cold while it's under 85 :)