A record-breaking winter in California has pushed some of the state’s hottest spots to the top of the list.
The first half of the year has seen more than 100 days of temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (35 Celsius), with more than 1,400 days eclipsing the previous record set in 2016.
The hottest day of the month is Tuesday, which is now the second-most intense day of January on record, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
That comes as California continues to recover from the devastating wildfire season.
The California drought has hit the state hard, with more residents forced to rely on the state-run water system to keep their homes and businesses running.
“This has been a very dry and tough winter for the state,” said Joe Kiviotakis, an assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, who has been studying California’s drought.
“We’re looking at some very severe drought conditions across the country.”
California has suffered more than a quarter of its drought-related losses since early January, when wildfires ravaged much of the drought-stricken state.
The latest statewide drought index, released Thursday, shows the drought is continuing to worsen.
It was down to 25.9% in February, and is now at 25.1%.
The hottest spots on the list are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Northern California, in the state capital of Sacramento, and in the Mojave Desert in Nevada.
The top spot on the map is the town of San Ramon in Southern California, where it reached 78.9 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday.
“I think we’re in the midst of the driest year on record in California,” said Mark Williams, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
“So we’re seeing a lot of heat in this area.
And it’s been particularly extreme in the desert.”
Williams said it is unusual for the area to experience such heat, since it has not experienced a drought for more than 20 years.
It also doesn’t have as much snowpack as some other parts of California.
The heat has been so intense that some local residents are concerned about how they will be able to survive without drinking water.
“You have a lot more of these dry spells that we’re experiencing,” said Scott Ruggles, who lives in the Sacramento area.
“It is very cold and windy and dry, and it’s just really hard to get any kind of water.”
Williams has been warning about the extreme drought for years, and this year, he said the state is experiencing its hottest January onrecord.
He said the number of days with more temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit is the highest ever recorded.
“That is the hottest January I’ve ever seen,” he said.
“That’s the hottest day I’ve seen.”
The California Department of Water Resources said in a statement that the region is also experiencing record-low precipitation.
The record-high number of hot days is also the fourth-highest in California’s history, according with the U.S. Climate Data Center.
The record low temperatures also come just two weeks after the hottest February day on record.
“We’ve had a lot warmer temperatures than normal in California in the last few weeks,” said Mike Kivikakis, a NOAA meteorologist who studies the drought.
The U.N. World Meteorological Organization also released a new report Thursday that said California has been experiencing record heat and drought conditions in recent weeks.
The report, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, shows that California’s record-setting heat has pushed temperatures above 82 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time since 1981.
It’s the third-warmest February day since the early 1900s.