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    All-Time Records Highs Set in Northeast Friday

    July 23, 2011; 5:20 AM ET
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    This photo from AccuWeather.com Facebook fan Michael G. shows the sun setting in Terre Haute, Ind. after the temperature reached 96 degrees Friday.

    "...the extra warm start made record high temperatures for the date 'sitting ducks,' waiting to be knocked off."

    As the core of the heat wave settled eastward, several all-time record highs were set in the Northeast on Friday with many more locations challenging all-time records.

    Following a very warm night Thursday, where many urban areas failed to drop below 80 degrees, the extra warm start made record high temperatures for the date "sitting ducks," waiting to be knocked off.

    Many of the old all-time high temperature records in the Northeast were set during the Dust Bowl era with several occurring on dates during the blistering summer of 1936. In a number of other locations, the nasty heat waves during July 1966 and August 1918 set the marks to beat. Elsewhere, the all-time list is scattered about various decades through the past century.

    City Actual High Fri. Old July 22 Rec. High All-Time Rec. High
    New York City 104 101/1957 106/July 7, 1936
    Philadelphia 103 100/1957 106/Aug. 7, 1918
    Wilmington 102 101/1957 107/Aug. 7, 1918
    Baltimore 106 101/1957 107/July 10, 1936
    Washington, D.C. (Dulles) 105 98/1998 104/July 16, 1988
    Newark 106 101/1957 105/Aug. 9, 2001
    Richmond 102 103/1930 107/Aug. 6, 1918
    Allentown 104 101/1926 105/July 7, 1981
    Harrisburg 103 101/1926 107/July 3, 1966
    Scranton 98 98/1955 102/Aug. 7, 1918
    Hartford 103 101/1926 102/July 6, 2010
    Boston 103 103/1926 104/July 4, 1911
    Atlantic City 105 100/1957 106/June 28, 1969

    The high at Washington Dulles Airport was among those that set new all-time records. The mercury soared to 105 degrees, breaking the previous all-time high of 104 set on July 16, 1988. Newark, N.J., Reading, Pa., Hartford, Ct. and Bridgeport, Ct. were also cities which tied or broke their all-time records.

    AccuWeather.com RealFeel® Temperatures will be significantly higher than the actual temperatures. In some cases, the RealFeel topped 120 degrees during the hottest afternoon hours!

    While similar to the apparent temperature and heat index, the RealFeel temperature incorporates a half-dozen or so additional variables and gives a more accurate "how it really feels" temperature.

    Relief is coming to the Northeast in a gradual sense over the weekend into next week. However, no real relief is in sight for the South Central states.

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