Fact Sheet - Record High Temperature in Kentucky
Glen Conner
State Climatologist Emeritus for Kentucky
 
The summer of 1930 is the period against which all other hot spells are measured. Beginning on 5 July, Lovelaceville in McCracken County, observed nine consecutive days of over one hundred degree readings. But the worst was yet to come! During the fourth week of July, a wave of excessive heat arrived for the third time during the month. After consecutive days of 103°F, 106°F and 110°F, Greensburg established a Kentucky record high temperature of 114°F on 28 July 1930. Among the other high temperatures that day were 113°F at Bowling Green, 112°F at Bardstown, Lovelaceville and Middlesboro, and 111°F at Anchorage and Franklin. Of all the stations reporting that day in Kentucky, only Pike County's Dorton with 99°F failed to reach triple digits. The heat wave continued through 9 August raising Lovelaceville's total days above 100°F to thirty!

What the 1952 heat wave lacked in intensity, it made up for in duration. Princeton experienced thirty-five consecutive days with temperatures 90F or higher. Their final 90F of the year occurred on 1 October and brought their summer total to an incredible 95 days of 90°F or higher. However, residents of Hopkinsville from 27 August through 9 September 1952 could argue that their fourteen consecutive days at or above 100°F should be considered the hottest of the hot.

Warm weather in November may be called Indian Summer and, in January, the January thaw. Compared to those in summer, warm spells in winter are generally more welcome. Nevertheless, record highs in winter seem aberrant. Pikeville's December record of 87°F, Loretto's 83°F in January and Princeton's 86°F in February are records that result from wintertime warm spells. The warm humid air masses originating over the Gulf of Mexico produce both the warm relief during winter and the heat stress during summer.
 
Kentucky Record Maximum Temperatures
Record High
Location
Day
Year
Data Source
Month and Day Indicated
January
83°F
Loretto
20
1907
Kentucky Section, Climatological Service of the Weather Bureau, District 3, Ohio Valley
February
86°F
Princeton
11
1890
Monthly Bulletin, Kentucky State Weather Service
March
94°F
Hopkinsville
24
1929
Climatological Data, Kentucky
April
98°F
Farmers
24
1925
Climatological Data, Kentucky
May
106°F
Ashland
10
1896
Monthly Bulletin, Kentucky State Weather Service
June
110°F
St John's Academy
29
1936
Climatological Data, Kentucky
July
114°F
Greensburg
28
1930
Climatological Data, Kentucky
August
113°F
St John's Academy
5
1930
Climatological Data, Kentucky
September
110°F
Beaver Dam
6
1925
Climatological Data, Kentucky
October
98°F
Frankfort & Hopkinsville
1
1953
Climatological Data, Kentucky
November
90°F
Pikeville
14
1902
Climate & Crop Bulletin, Kentucky Section
December
87°F
Pikeville
3
1982
Climatological Data, Kentucky