While St. Louis had its hottest July 22 since 1901, the metro-east reached its own record with the highest temperature for the date since at least 1938.
Temperatures in the area peaked at 103 degrees Saturday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jon Carney.
According to data collected by Scott Air Force Base, Saturday was the hottest July 22 since at least 1938. The heat index was 113 degrees, according to Scott’s weather operations.
The weather service does not keep official temperature records for the metro-east as it does for St. Louis, but Scott has weather records dating back to 1938.
The second-hottest July 22 recorded by the base was in 1983, when temperatures reached 100 degrees.
While the area remains under a weather service heat advisory, the metro-east has seen a lot worse. The highest temperature ever reported in Illinois was 117 degrees in East St. Louis on July 14, 1954, according to the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Even so, the advisory warns people to be cautious in the dangerous heat.
“People in the advisory area are advised to avoid poorly ventilated areas and prolonged work in the sun,” the advisory states. “Also, keep plenty of liquids on hand and try to stay in an air-conditioned environment.”
Temperatures are expected to drop next week, reaching lows in the mid-60s by Saturday, July 29.