It’s been a little bit hot, hasn’t it? That might be the understatement of all-time. Even the water of Florida is feeling the oppressive heat. A temperature reading in the Florida Keys is the hottest water temperature ever recorded on the planet Earth.
According to NBC-2 meteorologist Rob Duns, the Manatee Bay buoy in the Florida Keys recorded a sea surface temperature of 101.1 degrees on Monday. That buoy is located in the Upper Keys, northwest of Key Largo. It’s managed by Everglades National Park. The temperature was recorded at a depth of nearly five feet. Assuming there are no issues found with the data, it will break the world record of 99.7 degrees once measured in Kuwait Bay off the Persian Gulf.
That temperature reading in Florida wasn’t just a quick spike. In fact, the water temperature at Manatee Bay stayed above 100 degrees for 2 hours and finally dipped below the previous record after 3 full hours. These temperatures are more than 10 degrees above the July average of 87.2 on the bay.
It’s not just happening in the Sunshine State. Water temperatures are well above average pretty much everywhere across the Atlantic Ocean basin. Temperatures are even more above averages over the northern Atlantic near Canada.
So now when people say south Florida waters feel like a warm bath or a hot tub are speaking literally. We’ll try to let you know when the water is hot enough to boil your hot dogs.