Monday was the hottest Halloween ever in the Nashville area (and around much of the country) according to The Weather Channel.

2016 continues to be the hottest year ever recorded, breaking record highs set last year. The hottest summer ever recorded worldwide has been followed by an equally hot fall.

October in Middle Tennessee, in terms of temperature, was just a little bit lower than an average September. An average October daily temperature high ranges from 77 degrees in the beginning of the month to 66 degrees by Halloween. The average high over the whole month is 71.5 degrees, but this October brought an average daily high of 80.6 degrees.

Five days in October met or broke historical high temperatures. Oct. 17 hit 86 degrees, which matched the record high set in 1965; the 18th hit 87 degrees, matching the high set in 1953; the 19th reached 91 degrees, setting a new record; the 29th also set a new record when it reached 86 degrees; and Halloween tied 1950’s 85-degree record day. Oct. 30, at 85 degrees, missed the 1937 record by 1 degree.

The month also ended with six-straight 80-degree-or-more days.

On average, the last week of October was between 15 and 20 degrees higher than the historical average high, which falls from 69 degrees on Oct. 24 to 66 by Nov. 1.

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