Americans have had a fortnight of record-smashing heat. The eastern two-thirds of the continental US has baked in unprecedented heat. Records over a century and half old have been broken…and not just one or two. Nearly 250 all-time records have fallen.
In fact, in the last 30 days over 4500 daily high records were broken along with nearly 800 monthly high temperature records.
Among those records;
- Atlanta, Georgia. They have reached or exceeded 100 F (38 C) four times since 29 June. They haven’t hit the century mark since 2007 and haven’t done so in the month of June since 1954. Of the summer months, July is the hottest in the southeastern United States.
- The capital of the state of Wisconsin, Madison, hit 104 (40 C) on Thursday. That’s the hottest they have been since 1976. Four other Wisconsin cities hit 106 (41 C) on Thursday.
The Weather Channel reports that several all-time records are in danger of falling on Saturday, including;
- Washington, DC- Old record is 106 (41 C) set in 1930
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania- Old record 103 (39 C) set in 1988
- Louisville, Kentucky- Old record 107 (42 C) set in 1936
There is some good news. The heat looks ready to break Sunday or Monday. The heat wave is already blamed for at least 25 deaths nationwide.
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By WeatherWatch Analyst Howard Joseph (Contributions by The Weather Channel)