Hottest day ever: 122° — and other 'cool' Phoenix-is-really-hot facts

What you need to know to keep yourself safe during the hot summer months.

It's officially that time of year where (nearly) every conversation in the Valley will begin with "it's hot" or some kind of reference to the heat.

With 110+ in the forecast, Phoenix has several chances to break records right off the bat for summer.

Even worse, that dreaded 120 degrees has made its first appearance on the 7-day forecast.

If June 20 hits that 120-degree mark, it would not only smash the record high, but it would go down as one of the hottest days ever in Phoenix.

For more heat-related stories: 12ne.ws/heat

Record highs starting June 16:

• June 16: 115 degrees in 1974

• June 17: 114 degrees in 2015

• June 18: 115 degrees in 2015

• June 19: 118 degrees in 2016 

• June 20: 116 degrees in 2016

And since you enjoyed that (not-so) cool fact and data -- here's a little more about that summer heat in Phoenix, courtesy of the National Weather Service.

Average number of 100+ days per year: 92

• Fewest number of 100+ days: 48 in 1913

• Greatest number of 100+ days: 143 in 1989

• Longest stretch of 100+ days: 76 from June 10, 1993 to Aug. 24, 1993

• Average first 110-degree day: June 18

• Earliest first 110-degree day: May 8, 1989

• Average last 110-degree day: August 11

• Average number of 110+ days per year: 12

• Fewest number of 110+ days: 0 in 1911

• Greatest number of 110+ days: 33 in 2011

• Longest stretch of 110+ days: 18 from June 12, 1974 to June 29, 1974

Warmest years on record

1. 2014

2. 1989

3. 2016

4. 2015

Hottest days ever recorded

1. 122 degrees June 26, 1990

2. 121 degrees on July 28, 1995

3. 120 degrees on June 25, 1990

4. 119 degrees on June 29, 2013

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