Things are heating up across East Texas. You know we’re in the “hot season” when the normal high hits 90 degrees, and that happens this Sunday.

June 23 is when we see the normal daily high temperature reach 90 degrees in Tyler. It’s the start of what could be a very hot couple of months. With that being said though, we’ve already had our fair share of heat and 90 degree days.

In the month of May, Tyler hit 90 degrees six times. It’ll happen more and more in July and August, typically the hottest times of the year here in East Texas. Records show that as the hottest temperature ever recorded at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport was 109.9 degrees, back on August 3, 2011.

While that’s hot, it doesn’t hold a candle (heat joke, because candles have flames which are hot) to the hottest temperature ever recorded in the United States. On July 10, 1913, the mercury (back when thermometers actually used mercury) hit 134 degrees. This is not only the hottest temperature in the United States, but in the whole world.

With the heat building in over the coming weeks and months, it’s important to remember some heat safety tips. Remember to drink plenty of water, wear light colored and loose fitted clothing are some of the simplest things that you can do to keep your body cool. There are more steps and precautions that you can take such as avoiding strenuous activates, finding shade if outside for an extended period of time and be sure to check on loved ones during hot days.

While it’ll be hot, and yes there will be complaints, we should be mindful of the fact that come December and January, the normal high will be back in the 50s. The normal high goes back below 90 degrees on September 12.