Which calendar day is arguably the ‘hottest’ day of the year?  Making a good case is today, July 14th.

On this date, the hottest temperature (and earliest) ever recorded was set in Indianapolis at 106° in 1936.   There were two other occasions reaching 106°, July 21st, 1934 and July 22nd, 1921.

It was also on this date that the State’s all-time high temperature was set at 116° in Collegeville, Indiana – the site of St. Joseph’s College.  On that day other all-time highs included:

110° Bloomington

110° Columbus

110° Kokomo

110° Oolitic

109° Rockville

109° Greenfield

107° Rushville

107° Greencastle

The 106° temperature officially set on July 14th and on numerous other dates stands as the record however 107° was recorded unofficially on July 25th, 1934, but taken prior to the airport being recognized as the official record station). 

Dating back 151 years, the city of Indianapolis has recorded 3185 days of 90° plus high temperatures.  July 14th has produced 48 of them, the most of any other calendar day.  2 of those reports topped 100°.

Topping 100°, well that has happened 72 times on record.  Several days have reached 100° on 3 occasions, included on that list is July 15th, July 21st and July 28th.