Summerlike heat reminds us how sticky and uncomfortable life can be. And every year, we hear the same questions: Was it really hotter when our parents were young? Is this actually the hottest summer ever? Is this global warming?

Climatologists can dither over the details, and politicians will continue to debate, while we here in the Philadephia region will just continue to sweat.

Here are three weather measures that say it really is hotter right now — if that makes anyone feel any better.