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Intense Heat Wave Melts Records Across Virginia

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Tian Tian enjoys a fruitsicleThe temperature at National Airport hit 104 this afternoon according to the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang. “We are now experiencing D.C.’s hottest June temperatures in 142 years of record-keeping,” says CWG’s Jason Samenow.

With the dew point at 70 degrees, it feels like 111 degrees right now. How fast is global warming rewriting our temperature records? The old June record was just tied last year, a 102 degree day on June 9, 2011. (Globally, 2012 has been nearly a full degree above the 20th century average.)

At 101 degrees, Roanoke is having its hottest June day in 53 years & overnight had its hottest “low” ever at 82 degrees. Richmond has already tied its all-time high for June 29th & it’s possible it could break the record. It’s 97 right now in Hampton, two degrees above the forecast high but still short of the record for the date (100 degrees).

What’s it like where you are?

  • glennbear

    Currently 107 degrees here and I do not want to think about what the heat index is. I just returned from two weeks in Alberta, Canada and I am really feeling the heat today. 72 hours ago I was looking at snow capped peaks in the Canadian Rockies.

  • pontoon
  • every time there’s a blizzard or a cold snap in the winter, proving – they say – that there’s no global warming, but when it’s hotter than normal, month after month, year after year, they say…nothing. Fascinating how that works, huh?

    P.S. Obviously, no one weather event is proof either way – that there is or is not global warming. Instead, what proves global warming is the literally millions of data points, independently collected over decades by thousands of scientists, all pointing in the same direction: anthropogenic global warming.

  • mrg.uva

    me that I live in tropical Hawaii yet it’s hotter in Virginia than it ever is here.  Break 85 degrees or dipping below 65 just never happens.

  • YelowDawg

    It was 102 in Bristol at 5:25.