Summer sizzling into the record books

Orlando saw 87 summer days where highs reached 90+ degrees, breaking 98-year record

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ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s no surprise it gets hot in the summer, but in 2022 it was a summer for the record books when it comes to temperatures across the country and in Central Florida.

The average temperature for the U.S. was 73.9 degrees, 2.5 degrees above average. This ranks summer 2022 as the third-hottest U.S. summer in 128 years. Summer temperatures were above average across most of the county, with about 19 states across the West, South and Northeast seeing their top 10 hottest summer on record.

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U.S. Summer Temps 2022

Central Florida:

Average temperatures for the season ended up near normal in Melbourne, with all the other stations about 0.5 to 1.5 degrees above normal. These values ranked summer 2022 within the top 10 warmest on record for most sites.

The most extreme ranking was at Orlando, where it was the second-warmest summer on record dating back to 1892. Another big milestone was that Orlando saw 87 days this season where the high temperature reached 90 degrees or higher.

This was a record for the summer at this site, outranking the previous record of 86 days set in the summer of 1924.

Central Florida Summer Temperature 2022

Rankings:

  • Orlando: 84.3° (+2.1° above average) 2nd warmest
  • Daytona Beach: 82.9° (+1.6° above average) 4th warmest
  • Leesburg: 83.5° (+0.8° above average) 6th warmest
  • Sanford: 83.5° (+0.5° above average) 9th warmest
  • Melbourne: 82.8° (near normal) 7th warmest

About the Author:

Candace joined the News 6 team as the weekend morning meteorologist and reporter. She comes to Central Florida from Miami.