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It’s official: 2023 is El Paso’s hottest year on record

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- The relentless heat continues, even as fall approaches. El Paso is seeing its hottest summer yet, smashing records and setting new ones.

On Labor Day, 2023 set a new record for the most number of triple digits ever in El Paso. We already added another triple-digit to our new record Tuesday.

The city now stands at 64 triple-digit temperatures for the year so far, but it looks like that tally is only expected to grow.

We’ve been experiencing temperatures above seasonal averages throughout the year and it looks like that trend is far from over.

After setting the record for most 100-degree days in a single year, we’re expecting to see even more.  There is potential to see at least another five highs over 100 degrees this week, continuing to surpass the previous record year 1994.

"I remember in 1994 I was out inspecting a job and my the soles of my shoes were melting," said Sam Barela, an EL Pasoan

"That's what records are for, to be broken," said Gene Fisher an El Pasoan.

Many El Pasoans have felt the heat before, but never like this.

"We can't go out and we have to stay in. It's hard to have, you know, an outdoor day because of the heat, it's just they go out for 15 minutes and then they just come in," said Isabel Alvarado, an El Pasoan.

"The dog is gaining some weight because we haven't been walking as much. But yeah, it's been uncomfortable. I haven't been on the mountain like I would like to be. And I'm looking for I'm looking forward to cooler temperatures," said Sara Guido, an El Pasoan.

We continue to experience temperatures above average for this time of year, the most. Triple-digit temperatures on record for September are four. We tied that record Tuesday, and over the next week, we are expecting to exceed that.

"We set the greatest number of 100-degree days and it's looking like we'll probably get about another five, six days here over the next week before we finally get a little bit of a reprieve from those temperatures. So we'll probably end up being close to 68 to 70," said Jason Grzywacz, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Total days inching closer to fall heat safety is still important.

"I think that we just got to keep hydrated and stay as cool as possible, stay indoors or at least stay in the shade. Be smart," said Guido.

As heat records continue to be broken. Health experts remind the public to stay safe from the heat. As always, stay hydrated and avoid outdoors if you can.

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