If you think it gets hot in the summer where you live, you might be surprised to hear that Abilene, Texas has its share of scorching temperatures. This city has experienced some seriously hot days, but one record stands out.

Extreme Weather Watch is a great resource for tracking down information. Their chart lines out the answer pretty quickly. Let’s dive into the day Abilene hit its highest temperature ever.

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It was a blistering day on August 17, 2023, when the thermometers in Abilene soared to an all-time high of 111 degrees Fahrenheit. Picture the sweltering heat as folks tried to find any relief they could from the Texas sun. This record-setting temperature made that summer day unforgettable for Abilenians.

Why does Abilene get so hot? Located right in the heart of Texas, Abilene is no stranger to high temperatures. The city sits in a region where dry, hot air rules. In the summer, the sun beats down almost daily causing triple-digit temperatures in a row.


On days like August 17, 2023, staying indoors with air conditioning, visiting pools, or enjoying cold treats like ice cream are common ways to cool down. However, such extreme temperatures also bring risks like heat stroke and dehydration, especially for those who work outdoors.

The record high of 111 degrees marks a significant day in Abilene’s history. It proves that extreme weather conditions can occur in this part of Texas. Stay safe this summer by finding cool places and drinking plenty of water. The heat in the Lone Star State is nothing to mess around with.

LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.

Gallery Credit: Anuradha Varanasi

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