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    Heat Wave Shatters Records from Rockies to East Coast

    By By Bill Deger, Meteorologist
    June 24, 2012, 10:46:24 AM EDT

    The first real heat wave of the summer is leaving its mark in the record books.

    Dozens of records have fallen this week in cities from the Plains to the Eastern Seaboard; some of these records had been on the books for more than a century.

    Meanwhile, high humidity made it feel more like the 105 to 110 for many areas from the Midwest to the East.

    The heat and humidity became "squeezed" off the East Coast due to an approaching cold front, marking the end of the heat wave.

    That front also helped spark some nasty thunderstorms before the day was out on Friday.

    Here is a look at some of the more noteworthy record high temperatures from the heat wave:

    Monday Records

    City
    High
    Old Record
    McCook, Neb.
    109
    106 (2002)
    Sidney, Neb.
    105*
    100 (2002)
    Pueblo, Colo.
    104
    104 (1936, 1990)
    Denver, Colo.
    100
    99 (1936, 1990)
    Colorado Springs, Colo.
    98
    96 (1936, 1990)

    * Ties the all-time record high for June, previously set on June 14, 2006.


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    Tuesday Records

    City
    High
    Old Record
    Pueblo, Colo.
    102
    101 (many years)
    Colorado Springs, Colo.
    97
    94 (1936, 1989)
    Sidney, Neb.
    94
    93 (1974)
    Bluefield, W. Va.
    88
    88 (2007)

    Wednesday Records

    City
    High
    Old Record
    New York, N.Y. (La Guardia)
    98
    96 (1953)
    Newark, N.J.
    98
    97 (1953)
    Richmond, Va.
    98
    98 (1933)
    Wilmington, Del.
    97
    97 (1895)
    Burlington, Vt.
    95
    94 (1988)
    Atlantic City, N.J.
    95
    95 (2010)
    New York, N.Y. (Kennedy)
    94
    93 (1995)
    Morgantown, W.Va.
    93
    93 (1953)
    Binghamton, N.Y.
    90
    90 (1953)
    Mount Pocono, Pa.
    89
    89 (1953)
    Montpelier, Vt.
    89
    89 (1953)


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    Thursday Records

    City
    High
    Old Record
    Baltimore, Md.
    100
    100 (1923)
    Washington, D.C.
    99
    98 (1923)
    New York, N.Y. (La Guardia)
    98
    97 (1953)
    Wilmington, Del.
    98
    97 (1923)
    Burlington, Vt.
    97
    95 (1953)
    Boston, Mass.
    96
    95 (1923)
    Chincoteague, Va.
    96
    95 (1988)
    Islip, N.Y.
    95
    93 (1988)
    Mount Mansfield, Vt.
    77
    76 (1988)

    The veil of night didn't offer much relief from the summer sizzler.

    Heat that built up during the day was slow to escape in many metropolitan areas/concrete jungles from Kansas City to Boston. As a result, temperatures failed to fall much below 80 in many areas all night.


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    Even more impressive, AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures, which factor in humidity, stayed at or above 90 in a few cities through the nighttime hours.

    Here is a look at some cities that failed to fall below 75 for at least a couple of mornings this week:

    City
    Mon. AM Low
    Tue. AM Low
    Wed. AM Low
    Thu. AM Low
    Fri. AM Low^
    Des Moines, Iowa
    79
    77
    Kansas City, Mo.
    79
    76
    Omaha, Neb.
    78
    76
    St. Louis, Mo.
    77
    77
    75
    Chicago, Ill.
    78
    77
    Baltimore, Md. (Inner Harbor)
    77
    82
    85
    Boston, Mass.
    80
    80
    New York (Cent. Park)
    79
    81
    New York (Kennedy)
    79
    76
    New York (La Guardia)
    79
    81
    Newark, N.J.
    79
    80
    Philadelphia, Pa.
    76
    80
    Washington, D.C.
    78
    83

    ^ Unofficial and as of 7:00 a.m. EDT Friday.

    As Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski pointed out earlier in the week, relief is on the way to the big cities this weekend, and next week unseasonably cool air will set up shop across the East.

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