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First day of summer spells h-e-a-t

June 21, 1997

Light rain pushed into the Northwest early today, but the first day of summer meant only one thing for most of the nation _ heat, both sticky and dry.

Thunderstorms packing hail and the potential for tornadoes were forecast over the Plains and the Great Lakes by tonight. Isolated evening storms also were expected across the Southeast.

Very hot weather _ highs in excess of 100 degrees _ were likely from Arizona into Texas and Oklahoma. Highs in the 90s and high humidity were expected in parts of the Northeast.

Pleasant weather was expected along the West Coast, where highs were forecast in the 70s. Showers were likely across the Northwest.

On Friday, 9 inches of rain fell on parts of eastern Michigan, while high winds knocked down trees and destroyed a home under construction.

Baseball-size hail smashed windshields and windows in Cheyenne County, Neb., while the same storm system was responsible for four tornadoes that touched down in rural northeastern Colorado. No injuries were reported.

The high temperature reported in the continental United States on Friday was 109 in Daggett, Calif., while the low was 33 at Grand Canyon, Ariz.

Highs today were forecast in the 60s in the Northwest, the 70s along the West Coast and Rockies, the 80s in the Midwest and Great Lakes, the 90s in Southeast, Northeast and Plains and the 100s in the Southwest.

Other reports at 5 a.m. EDT (atmospheric conditions not available for many cities):

_East: Albany, N.Y., 71 misty; Atlanta 66 fair; Boston 71 fair; Buffalo 75 cloudy; Caribou 51 fair; Charleston, S.C., 73 misty; Chattanooga 69 misty; Cincinnati 71 partly cloudy; Cleveland 75 fair; Detroit 69 cloudy; Hatteras 66 misty; Jacksonville 69 fair; Knoxville 66 partly cloudy; Macon 67 fair; Miami 80 fair; New York 69 haze; Philadelphia 71 partly cloudy; Pittsburgh 67 misty; Portland, Maine, 62 misty; Richmond 71 fair; Tampa 75 cloudy; Washington, D.C., 73 fair.

_Central: Birmingham 69 cloudy; Bismarck 48 fair; Chicago 78 thunderstorm; Denver 62 fair; Des Moines 66 thunderstorm; Fort Worth 78 partly cloudy; Galveston 80 fair; Indianapolis 71 cloudy; Kansas City 78 windy; Little Rock 76 haze; Louisville 73 fair; Minneapolis-St. Paul 66 thunderstorm; Nashville 71 fair; New Orleans 75 fair; North Platte 64 fair; Oklahoma City 76 fair; Omaha 67 rain; Rapid City 53 partly cloudy; San Antonio 71 thunderstorm; St. Louis 76 fair.

_West: Albuquerque 64 fair; Anchorage 49 cloudy; Boise 57 fair; Casper 51 fair; Fairbanks 60 cloudy; Great Falls 39 fair; Honolulu 76 partly cloudy; Las Vegas 87 fair; Los Angeles 64 cloudy; Medford 60 cloudy; Pendleton 57 fair; Phoenix 85 fair; Portland, Ore., 58 cloudy; Reno 57 fair; Salt Lake City 64 partly cloudy; San Diego 62 cloudy; San Francisco 55 partly cloudy; Seattle 53 rain; Spokane 51 fair.

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