Call this hot? On this date a century ago, Philly became a ‘furnace’ on record hottest day

August 7, 2018

By Staff

The Gray’s Ferry Bridge buckled from the heat. At Hog Island, the site of what was believed to be the world’s largest shipyard, 26,000 workers were sent home.

“To step from a house door into the street was to face almost a furnace-breath,” the Inquirer wrote on its front page about the historically hot day of Aug. 7, 1918, as World War I was entering its final months and the region was an international industrial powerhouse.

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