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.
Several storms will bring periods of rain and gusty winds to the west coast of the United States next week with the potential for one of these to reach Southern California.
Colder weather, and in some cases, a taste of winter with snow will continue to invade the northeastern United States this weekend.
Dry weather set to dominate the southern United States into November will only worsen the already extreme drought conditions.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
Damaging storms pounded the Pacific Northwest, while two powerful typhoons struck the Philippines within a four-day span.
Typhoon Haima made a second landfall in southeast China on Friday after leaving at least 13 dead in the northern Philippines.
Oceanside, CA (1999)
A 50' boat missed the harbor due to a wall of dense fog.
New England (1761)
Southeast New England Hurricane -- "most violent in 30 years"-- thousands of trees uprooted in MA and RI blocking roads.
Newbury, VT (1843)
12 inches of snow.