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2020 was driest, 2nd warmest year on record in Tucson

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 13:39:00-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — In Tucson, 2020 was a year for the record books.

The National Weather Service says 2020 was the driest year on record in Arizona, with only 4.17 inches of rainfall recorded. It was also the second hottest year on record, with an average temperature of 72.6 degrees.

2020 also broke 64 daily temperature records. There was also both a record number of days with temperatures at or above 100 degrees -- 108 -- and days with temperatures at or above 105 degrees -- 57.

This year also saw the hottest meteorological summer on record in Tucson, measured by the average temperature in June, July and August -- 90 degrees.