September In Much Of Region Hottest Ever

If you felt you were sweating more than usual last month, you weren’t imagining things.

The National Weather Service reports September temperature records were broken in Arcadia, Lakeland and Winter Haven.

Average temperatures were 2 to 3 degrees Fahrentheit above the long-term average for the month.

Arcadia records date to 1899.Lakeland records date to 1915. Winter Haven records date to 1941.

Wauchula posted the third hottest September.

Two other sites in the region, Bartow and Archbold Biological Station, posted the fourth hottest September.

The temperatures were not surprising in a way because rainfall was well below average in all locations.

River flows in the Peace River, which is heavily dependent on rainfall, reflect the recent lack of rainfall.

River levels in the Upper Peace river have dropped as much as four feet in the past week.