Enduring a second straight sweltering day, Centre County fell a few degrees short of a record Thursday during a heat spell that set historic marks along the Eastern Seaboard.
Locally, the high temperature hit 90, short of the record 94 reached in 1953. But throughout the Northeast, the weather broke multiple records from Vermont to Delaware.
According to the National Weather Service, Thursday’s heat broke eight temperature records across the country and tied three others, one day after 66 weather stations around the nation broke or tied records.
In Vermont, temperatures soared to 97 degrees in Burlington and 77 degrees atop Mount Mansfield, the state’s highest point at more than 4,300 feet. Meanwhile, temperatures in Georgetown, Del., and John F. Kennedy Airport in New York reached a record-breaking 97 degrees.
Boston’s Logan Airport reached 96 degrees just after 3 p.m., breaking a record set more than 60 years ago.
LaGuardia Airport in New York, Bradley Airport in Hartford, Conn., and Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C., tied records.
Temperatures across Pennsylvania soared into the mid-to upper 90s, with the National Weather Service issuing heat advisories for many cities. The extreme heat caused a section of U.S. Route 422 near the Philadelphia suburb of Valley Forge to buckle in midafternoon, disrupting traffic.
At 5 p.m., Philadelphia was at 97, while Allentown was at 94 and Reading at 95.