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Historic January in the Old Pueblo

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Courtesy: Rico Valencia Courtesy: Rico Valencia

TUCSON - Largely due to La Niña conditions, Tucson now holds a new record for the warmest January on record.

The monthly average of 59.1 degrees smashed the old record by 0.5 degrees set in 1986. The average high temperature last month was 73.6 degrees, roughly 8 degrees above normal.

January 2018 contains the record for most days reaching 75 degrees or higher. The first 6 days featured highs reaching at least 75 degrees. Even the first 9 days of the month remained considerably warmer than normal with temperatures in the upper 70s.

The low temperatures last month were warmer than normal, running 4.9 degrees above average. January 9th set a new daily record for the warmest low of 58 degrees, which also was the 2nd warmest January low ever recorded.

Tucson's January was the driest since 2014.

Tucson International Airport recorded a mere 0.02" of rainfall, which places January 2018 as 14th driest. This position in ranking ties with the 1994 record. This is a remarkable 0.92" below Tucson's January average.  The little rainfall Tucson did receive this month occurred largely toward the northwest areas of Metro Tucson.

Looking towards the future, February is not expected to show change as La Niña conditions begin to weaken.

Click here to see the complete January climate recap compiled by National Weather Service Tucson.

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