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Triple-digit heat arrives soon in El Paso. We’re seeing it much more frequently


El Paso’s temperature will top 100 degrees for the first time this year in the coming days, a mark that will likely be topped repeatedly over the next three months.

Although El Pasoans have come to accept triple-digit temperatures in June, it hasn’t always been this way. A century ago, El Paso typically saw about four days each June where temperatures topped 100. In the past decade, it’s closer to 15 such days each June as climate change has drastically altered weather patterns.

Seven of El Paso’s hottest 10 Junes on record have come since 2011.

The impacts of climate change on El Paso are even more dramatic in July and August. A century ago, triple-digit August temperatures were a rarity; now they are commonplace.

Seven of the El Paso’s 10 hottest Julys have come since 2005; eight of our 10 hottest Augusts have occurred since 2002.

Robert Moore

Robert Moore is the founder and CEO of El Paso Matters. He has been a journalist in the Texas Borderlands since 1986. His work has received a number of top journalism honors including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist and the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award. Moore’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, Texas Monthly, ProPublica, National Public Radio, The Guardian and other publications. He has been featured as an expert on border issues by CNN, MSNBC, BBC, CBC and PBS.

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