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There are only so many ways to describe how hot it's been in the West this year.
Long stretches of heat don't just adversely impact humans and animals, but also contribute to the ongoing drought and wildfires in the western US.
The month of September tied the previous record set in 1953 for the driest month in Tucson.
But it's a 'dry heat'The 2020 monsoon season ranked as the second driest on record for the Tucson area.
The monsoon season is defined by the weather service as any rainfall from June 15 to September 30.
Downtown Los Angeles probably forgets what rain even looks like, since the city last saw some on May 18.
This would also explain why Las Vegas also had its driest monsoon on record this year.
In Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah, the level of extreme drought encompasses more than 50% of each state.
#azwx — NWS Tucson (@NWSTucson) October 17, 2020Friday also added to Tucson's record total of 108 days with 100-degree temperatures in 2020.
For comparison, the average number of 100-degree days in a year for Tucson is 62, according to the weather service.
On Friday, Phoenix had its 145th day in 2020 where the thermometer reached at least 100 degrees -- a record according to the weather service's Phoenix office.
As of Saturday, exactly half of the days this year -- 145 days out of 290 -- have reached 100 degrees in Phoenix .

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