Palm Springs gets hot! And by that, I mean really hot!!  Below are the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the desert city along with the even hotter temperatures record in the Coachella Valley city of Thermal, located about 20 miles east of Palm Springs.

The temperatures below are from the National Weather Service which records the temperature in the shade – so yeah, it felt much, much hotter in the sun – but, that’s how they do these things.

Let’s start with the record setting temps recorded in Palm Springs – and sorry, that 128-degree day never actually happened:

123 Degrees – The Hottest Temperature Recorded in Palm Springs

The hottest temp (123 degrees) has been recorded four times.

  • July 29, 1995
  • July 28, 1995
  • August 1, 1993
  • July 10, 1979

122 Degrees

The Second hottest temperature ever recorded in Palm Springs (122 degrees) has been recorded nine times (with three of those coming in the ridiculously hot summer of 2017!):

  • July 7, 2017
  • June 24, 2017
  • June 25, 2017
  • June 20, 2016
  • June 20, 2017
  • June 29, 2013
  • July 14, 2003
  • August 24, 1985
  • July 31, 1957

121 Degrees

The third highest temperature, 121 degrees, was recorded twice:

  •  July 17, 2005
  • June 29, 1994

And if you travel a bit further east, you will find even warmer temperatures (like 126!) recorded in the community of Thermal.

126 Degrees!!! – The Hottest Temperature Recorded in Thermal

A scorching 126 degrees, the all-time high record, happened in 1995:

  • July 29, 1995

Note: Yes.  That happened and, surprisingly, not everything melted!

123 Degrees

The second highest temperature recorded, 123, has happened twice in Thermal:

  • July 28, 1995
  • August 1, 1993

122 Degrees

Thermal has seen six days with a high temperature of 122 degrees.

  • June 20, 2017
  • July 10, 1979
  • June 29, 2013
  • July 14, 2003
  • August 24, 1985
  • July 31, 1957

121 Degrees

A high of 121 has happened three times:

  • June 20, 2016
  • July 17, 2005
  • June 29, 1994

This page was last updated on July 7, 2017

Stay cool out there.

Related: The 10 Coldest Temperatures in Palm Springs History

Get Cactus Hugs in your inbox