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The Hottest Days in the History of Detroit

The anniversary of Detroit’s hottest day is only a few weeks away. It came in on July 24, 1934 and it was right in the middle of one of the hottest American summers on record. Residential air conditioning was still too expensive for the average homeowner, so they had to get creative to get cool. This July is a little bit more moderate, but it is certainly air conditioner worthy weather. Here is a little bit of our heat history»

The Five Hottest Days of All Time

  • July 24, 1934– 105°F
  • June 27, 1988– 103°F
  • July 7, 1988– 103°F
  • August 2, 2012– 102°F
  • September 3, 1953– 101°F

How Did They Stay Cool?
Before air conditioning, people would stay cool in a variety of different ways. Homes were built differently, public areas were utilized more and shade was in high demand. Back in the 1930’s and 1940’s, movie theatres were some of the coolest places in Detroit– literally! Sometimes going to see a movie was the only relief people would get from the terrible heat. As you might assume, this led to a lot of people watching the same movies over and over again. People during this time also sat out on their porches in the shade far more often. It led to a lot of community building and social situations that we just don’t experience in today’s day and age.  

This July’s Forecast
This July is not going to be the hottest on record, and it isn’t even going to be close. Relatively moderate when you compare it to the dates listed above, but still hot nonetheless. Here is what we have to look forward to for the rest of July»


Here at Levine & Sons, we have been in business since 1927 and we have been through thick and thin with our Detroit area clients. The hottest days, the coldest days, and everywhere in between. We do our best to keep you comfortable in your homes and we want Summer 2017 to be no different.

To schedule air conditioning service, call 1-888-LEVINE1 or click around on our website!  

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