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Working up sweat remembering hottest day in Phoenix history

It felt like this in Phoenix on June 26, 1990, when it hit 122 degrees. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Photo)

PHOENIX -- As much complaining that goes on about how hot it's gotten inn the Valley of late, it pales next to June 26, 1990.

The temperature that day set the mark for Valley heat -- 122 degrees. It was so hot that airplanes were figuratively stuck on the Sky Harbor tarmac because the airlines weren't sure what would happen to their planes in that kind of heat. Guidelines that pilots use only went up to 120 degrees at the time.

There were T-shirts printed to commemorate the event, there's a Facebook page and most anyone who was older than a toddler back then won't forget that day.

There have been a couple runs made at the record. Phoenix reached 121 degrees on July 28, 1995 and last year at 119 on June 29.

Thursday's high was expected to be 108, according to the Weather Channel.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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