POSTED: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 10:33am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 10:34am
LUBBOCK, Texas —
Weather officials say Texas just finished the hottest June through August on record in the U.S.
National Weather Service meteorologist Victor Murphy told The Associated Press Thursday that Texas' 86.8 degree average beat out Oklahoma's 85.2 degrees in 1934.
That Dust Bowl year is now third on the list for the three-month span, behind No. 2 Oklahoma's heat wave this June through August (86.5 degrees).
Both states and others in the nation's southern tier have baked in triple-digit heat this summer. Texas had its hottest June on record, the fifth warmest month overall, and July was the warmest month ever. Oklahoma's July was the country's highest monthly average temperature ever, 89.1 degrees.
Louisiana's heat this June through August puts it in the fourth spot all-time - 84.5 degrees.