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    Record-Setting Heat Departs Northeast

    By newsstory
    June 24, 2014, 6:50:23 AM EDT

    After a hot start to the week in the Northeast, more seasonable temperatures are expected to settle in by the weekend.

    Tuesday and Wednesday turned out to be the hottest days since last summer for several cities across the region, including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Boston.

    Residents of the Northeast experienced the first true surge of summer heat, putting air conditioners and freshly opened swimming pools to the test before the heat builds in to stay.

    Although none of these locations touched the 100-degree mark, new record highs were still set on occasion during the peak of the hot spell.

    Some places, such as Washington, D.C., reached higher temperatures than most areas in Florida on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Highest Temperature This Week
    Average High
    New York City 89 80
    Washington D.C. 97* 85
    Philadelphia 94 84
    Baltimore 96 84
    Pittsburgh 89 80
    Atlantic City, New Jersey 95* 82
    Salisbury, Maryland 98* 84

    *Denotes record value. All temperatures listed are in degrees Fahrenheit.

    While those in the Northeast experienced above-normal temperatures, folks on the other side of the country experienced the exact opposite.

    A slow-moving low pressure system spinning over the northern Rockies delivered several days of unsettled weather and cool conditions to the Pacific Northwest.

    This also included Great Falls, Montana, with the city only reaching 49 degrees on Wednesday, 25 degrees lower than their normal high of 74 F.

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    A cold front draped across the mid-Atlantic will bring cooler, less humid conditions to much of the Northeast Thursday before pushing farther south by Friday.

    However, temperatures are still forecast to reach the 90-degree mark in the nation's capital for the fourth consecutive day.

    If the city can reach 90 degrees, it would be the longest stretch of 90-degree days in the city going all the way back to the middle of July 2013.

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