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El Paso soars to 109 again as Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for 1st time in 25 years

EL PASO, Texas — El Paso soared to a high temperature of 109 degrees for a second-straight day Friday amid the first Excessive Heat Warning in a quarter of a century, with forecasters predicting it would likely be even hotter for Saturday.

The 109-degree late afternoon temp at El Paso International Airport was well shy of the 112-degree record, but it tied Thursday for the hottest day of the year so far.

Friday's high did mark the eighth triple-digit day in a row and was the 21st day of 100 degrees or higher for the year, according to ABC-7 Chief Meteorologist 'Doppler' Dave Speelman.

The scorching heat was expected to last through the weekend, with Saturday shaping up to be the "hottest day of the week," according to the National Weather Service's warning.

It said, "dangerously hot conditions are expected to develop during (Saturday) afternoon with temperatures exceeding 110 degrees."

The weather service said the Excessive Heat Warning issued on Friday for El Paso County would remain in effect through Sunday.

"It's very rare for us," said NWS meteorologist Jason Laney of El Paso's current heat wave. "If my memory serves me correctly, it's been almost 30 years since we've issued an Extreme Heat Warning - at least 25 years."

A Heat Advisory was in place for most other areas of the Borderland.

"Drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors. Your pets should not be left in direct sunlight and need plenty of fresh water," advised ABC-7 weather forecaster Nicole Gomez.

Health officials continued to warn of the potential for heat-related illnesses during this stretch of record hot temperatures.

Heat stress can have symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, cramping and weakness. It can progress to heat stroke and death if left unchecked.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



    1. Fake news moron. Weren’t you living in Commiefornia for 20 years so you don’t know jack about El Paso’s very hot summers and weather history. It all looks normal to me. It’s the weather not climate change dummy.

      1. Parts of Miami have been lost to rising seas and same is true for New Orleans. Sea levels are rising world wide. You are a complete moron.

        1. Not because of global warming moron. Stop pushing leftist propaganda. I hate to burst your libtard bubble but South Beach and Bourbon Street are just fine. Not underwater. Get off your fat rear end and look. What an idiot!

  1. Covid19 should be long gone! Lol. The pendejo in charge of the US (potus) and his low IQ deplorables. “Herbert, ay reckon the chineser varus is gone with this heat!”

  2. It’s always hot here this time of year. Yes, it’s common sense to remain hydrated and check in the elderly, but it’s like that every summer. The difference this year is that the hot weather isn’t killing off the virus, like when Trump said at a New Hampshire rally on Feb 10 “when it gets a little warmer it miraculously goes away.” Oh well, what to expect from someone who paid somebody to take his school entrance exam. Probably not a good science student.

    1. It’s fake news Steve. The SAT? That was debunked. The book is all hearsay and most of the people referenced are dead. Stop watching fake news ABC, CNN, and MSNBC. Breitbart will set you straight. LMAO. BTW – In your case you hydrate too much on booze.

        1. That was sarcasm moron. I see both you and Steve visit Breitbart. Don’t lie. You gotta love those 30,000 posts comments section. ABC has what 30 or less? The leftist trolls like you get decimated there. lmao.

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