I deplore the winter months. So dare I say, half of the year here in South Dakota is generally unbearable for a thin-skinned person like myself most years.

I would much rather be making my own gravy in June, July, and August, than doing the blizzard boogie during November through April.

While it's true, so far this summer, it's been Hotter Than July, as Stevie Wonder would say. I did a little checking, and we are still quite a few degrees off from the highest temperature ever recorded in South Dakota.

What Is the Highest Temperature Ever Recorded in South Dakota?

That happened during the summer of 2006. According to the National Weather Service,  Fort Pierre, right smack in the middle of the state, reached a whopping temp of 120 degrees Fahrenheit on July 15th.

Even a heat lover like me might bitch about the temp at that point. But then again, probably not.

The hottest day in Sioux Falls (so far) was June 21, 1988, when temps climbed to 110 degrees.

Our lady of blessed central air don't fail us now!


MORE South Dakota Weather: Spearfish 1943: South Dakota’s Strangest Winter Weather Day Ever

Some folks say it's why we live here in South Dakota. The change of seasons. But a change of season in 2 minutes? It happened in 1943, January 22 to be exact. People in Spearfish, South Dakota probably didn't know what the heck was happening! KEEP READING


LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.