Six days of 100-plus degrees

Published 9:31 am Wednesday, July 28, 2010

FRANKLIN—Sunday was the sixth day in a row for record-breaking heat in Franklin, according to the Weather Channel’s website,

It was also the sixth consecutive day for 100-plus degree temperatures, including all-time record highs of 108 on Saturday and Sunday. The previous all-time high was 106 on July 7, according to records dating back to the 1940s.

Billy Phillips might argue that it was hotter than 108 on Saturday. At about 3 p.m., Phillips heard the temperature reading at Bronco Federal Credit Union’s downtown office was 109.

An hour later, when the 73-year-old Franklin man went to take a picture of the digital thermometer, it read 110.

“I waited a few minutes and it said 111,” he said.

For the owner of Billy Phillips Ltd in downtown Franklin, it was the hottest day he’d experienced since moving here 55 years ago.

“I wanted to go home quick,” he said. “I just never seen it (this hot) before.”

Ash Cutchin, who lives in Darden Mill Estates near Sedley, said at 4 p.m. Saturday his thermometer sensor attached to the outside of his home —in the shade — read 115.

According to July 20 was 102, breaking a record of 97 set in 1951; July 21 was 101, breaking a record of 98 set in 1987; July 22 was 102, breaking a record of 100 set in 1987; July 23 was 104, breaking a record of 103 set in 1952; and July 24 and July 25 were both 108, breaking records of 103 and 97 set in 1952 and 1949, respectively.

The National Weather Service, which does not keep records for Franklin, reported a high of 106 on Saturday at its Wakefield station.

A high of 98 is forecast for today and 99 on Thursday before dropping to 91 on Friday and Saturday. The greatest chance of rain is 50 percent on Thursday.

Franklin has received less than half an inch of rain during July, according to The city averages about 5 inches of rain in July.