Heat, Humidity Hangs Over East, Cool in Pacific Northwest
Undated (AP) _ The East drooped with heat and humidity today as temperatures again threatened to break record highs from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast. It was cooler in the Pacific Northwest and cloudy in the middle.
Temperatures were expected to be in the 90s today from Florida to Maine and across the Mississippi. Thunderstorms were possible throughout the area later in the day.
Wednesday’s temperature records for the date included 96 degrees in New York City’s Central Park; 100 at Philadelphia International Airport; 96 in Pittsburgh; 96 in Toledo, Ohio; 92 in Green Bay, Wis.; and 101 degrees at Washington National Airport.
In the Northwest, it was expected to be breezy and cool with scattered showers. Snow was possible in the higher terrain in the northern Rockies.
Scattered rain and a few thunderstorms were forecast from the northern Plains to the western Great Lakes. A few severe storms with heavy downpours were also possible.
Gusty winds were likely in the Desert Southwest today as a stalled cold front lingered to the north. Dry, mild weather was expected in northern California, and hot and dry weather was anticipated in the Southwest.
The nation’s warmest spot Wednesday was 108 degrees in Death Valley, Calif.
High temperatures today were forecast in the 60s in the Pacific Northwest and Upper Plains, the 80s in the Midwest, and the 90s in much of the eastern half of the nation, the Southwest and the southern tier.
Other reports at 4 a.m. EDT (atmospheric conditions not available for many cities):
-East: Albany, N.Y., 67; Atlanta 73 cloudy; Boston 58; Buffalo 75 foggy; Charleston, S.C., 75 partly cloudy; Chattanooga 70 fair; Cincinnati 73 foggy; Cleveland 74 hazy; Detroit 75 foggy; Hatteras 72 foggy; Jacksonville 74 foggy; Key West 83 fair; Knoxville 68 foggy; Macon 72 foggy; Miami 79 partly cloudy; New York 69 foggy; Philadelphia 77 foggy; Pittsburgh 75 hazy; Portland, Maine, 59 partly cloudy; Richmond 74 hazy; Tampa 73 cloudy; Washington, D.C., 78 foggy;
-Central: Birmingham 69 foggy; Bismarck 52 rain; Chicago 79; Denver 63; Des Moines 72; Fort Worth 77 fair; Indianapolis 75 fair; Kansas City 74 fair; Little Rock 78 foggy; Louisville 76 fair; Memphis 80 fair; Nashville 75 fair; New Orleans 74 fair; North Platte 71 cloudy; Oklahoma City 73 windy; Omaha 74; Rapid City 51 thunderstorms; St. Louis; 78 cloudy; Minneapolis-St. Paul 62 cloudy; Sault Ste. Marie 65 foggy; San Antonio 79 cloudy.
-West: Albuquerque 69; Anchorage 53 fair; Boise 46; Casper 51 cloudy; Fairbanks 58 showery; Great Falls 43 rain; Honolulu 78 fair; Las Vegas 78; Los Angeles 65 cloudy; Medford 50; Pendleton 55 fair; Phoenix 81; Portland, Ore., 56 partly cloudy; Reno 51; Salt Lake City 53; San Diego 64 cloudy; San Francisco 52 windy; Seattle 54 fair; Spokane 49 partly cloudy.