As of 7:09 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, summer is here. While welcomed by most, it’s a season with mixed blessings. On the one hand, there are trips to the beach and mountains, boating, cookouts, and wearing lighter clothing. On the other, it’s also a time for crowds, insects, higher gas prices — and higher temperatures. The highest thermometer reading ever recorded in the U.S. was 134 degrees Fahrenheit at Greenland Ranch, California on July 10, 1913. Next highest was 128 degrees 18 years ago at Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Among larger cities, Phoenix, Arizona holds the record at 122 degrees. Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
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