Exacerbated by a massive, exceptional drought, daily, monthly, even all-time record highs have been tied or broken in parts of the South over the past couple of months.
If you have 3,000 weather stations and a 100 year long temperature record, you would expect about 30 of them to break their all-time record in the current year. The math is a bit tricky for climate scientists : 3,000 / 100 = 30.
The “exceptional drought” is much less widespread than many previous droughts, and the heat doesn’t compare with the 1930s.
h/t to Dave G