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July Heat

july 21 temp map

The region has been hot, hot, hot recently.

The persistent ridge that had the central US in a serious heat wave moved east during the third week of the month. The mercury soared into the upper 90’s and low 100’s, establishing new temperature records throughout the Northeast. On the 22nd, the mercury reached 104 degrees at Central Park, NY, 106 degrees at Baltimore, MD, and 108 degrees at Newark, NJ. Interestingly, the previous high for the date at all of these three locations was 101 degrees on July 22, 1957. The highs of 103 degrees at Bridgeport, CT and 105 degrees at Washington Dulles on the 22nd were all-time highs for those locations. Also notable were the many daily high minimum temperature records that were broken during the month. With minimum temperatures of 77 to 84 degrees, Binghamton and Central Park, NY, Scranton, PA, and Washington National, DC tied or established new all-time high minimum temperature records on the 22nd or 23rd.