By Steven Strouss
For a second day in a row, records were smashed across the Delaware Valley. As forecasted, the temperature soared to 99 degrees this afternoon in Philadelphia, breaking a record that stood since 1933. Philadelphia, Reading, and Atlantic City are just some of the cities where the thermometer went higher than ever before on June 8th & June 9th. The mercury soared to 102 degrees in Atlantic City today while Trenton topped of at 98. Wilmington, DE also marked its place in weather history with a high temperature of 97 degrees this afternoon. Records were also broken in Washington DC and Baltimore and states from New Jersey to Georgia.
Although we are not in an official heat wave yet, we are forecasting another 90 degree day tomorrow which would then complete the second heat wave of the year. Heat waves in our region are defined by 3 90+ degree days in a row and although it is still spring, they are not uncommon. Last year by this time we already had 5 days in a row at 90 degrees or above.
Although thunderstorms tonight brought some relief to the extreme heat, cooler temperatures are expected by the weekend. Temperatures Saturday and Sunday will be closer to average in the 80s and nice weather is expected to continue through next week.
In case you were wondering, the highest temperature ever reached in Philaelphia was 106 degrees on Aug 7, 1918.