US: Record-breaking heat to spread eastward from Midwest to mid-Atlantic

Hot weather that was causing the mercury to rise over portions of the Midwest on Tuesday will pay a visit to the mid-Atlantic on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Chicago set a record high of 94 F, besting the old record of 92 degrees set in 1895 and tied in 1944. While the city will have high temperatures in the middle 80s on Wednesday, that mark is still 8 degrees above normal for June 3.

Farther south, 90s will still be common on Wednesday in much of Kansas, and along Interstate 70 from Kansas City, Missouri, to St. Louis, Missouri.


After a below-normal beginning to the month of June in the mid-Atlantic, heat and humidity will build in earnest on Wednesday as the region will be on the edge of a building dome of heat.

“It will be warmer and more humid in much of the Northeast on Wednesday,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Michael LeSeney.

One of the cities that experienced summerlike conditions was Washington, D.C. The city experienced its first 90-degree temperature of the season with a high of 92 F. On average, the city normally experiences its first 90-degree day on May 17. The last time the heat took so long to arrive was back in 2016, when it did not happen until June 11.

Portions of Virginia and the Carolinas endured similar temperatures on Wednesday. Richmond was another location that hit 90 for the first time on Wednesday. The normal first 90-degree reading in Richmond is May 13. This was also Richmond’s latest first 90 since 2016, when it occurred on June 11, just like in Washington, D.C.


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