The heatwave of 1936 was incomprehensibly hot by modern standards. July/August maximum temperatures in Clinton, Missouri averaged 16 degrees (F) warmer than 2016 so far. Eighty percent of the days in 1936 were over 100 degrees, compared to 0% of the days in 2016. During 1936, they had two stretches of six consecutive days over 110 degrees, one in July and one in August. On this date in 1936 it was 115 degrees at Clinton, 34 degrees warmer than today’s forecast.
Climate experts say that the 2016 heatwave is due to global warming.