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How Rare Is This Heat For September?

By Terry Eliasen, Meteorologist, WBZ-TV Exec. Weather Producer
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BOSTON (CBS) – Summer clearly isn’t done with us just yet.

Officially there are about ten days left to this season, but if you stepped outside Wednesday it sure felt like we are smack dab in the middle of July.wxheat How Rare Is This Heat For September?

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As of 3 p.m., the high temperature in Boston was a whopping 97 degrees! Throw in dew points near 70 and it actually feels like 100-to-105, easily one of the most sultry days of this entire summer.

So how rare is this for September?

We average one 90 degree day each September, and this is our first one (actually this is the first one in more than 50 days because we had none in August), so no breaking news there.

However, mid and upper 90’s is not typical this time of year at all.  In fact, after September 10th, we have only hit 95 degrees or higher 5 times in recorded history, including an incredible 99 degrees on this very day 30 years ago.

We will not reach 99 in Boston Wednesday, so the record books are safe for the city, but there will be numerous records falling across New England and the entire Northeast.wxheat2 How Rare Is This Heat For September?

But like the old Mark Twain saying goes, ”If you don’t like the weather…just wait a minute.”  In true New England fashion we will go from tank tops and flip flops to sweatshirts and jeans in just 48 hours.

By Friday, temperatures will be back in the 70’s with much drier air and by Saturday morning, many suburbs will drop to about 40 degrees, a 55 degree difference from where we are right now!

So if you are complaining about the heat now (and you have good reason to), just think, three months from now this will all be a distant memory and you will be shoveling snow and buying Christmas presents.

That is the true beauty of living in New England.

You can follow Terry on Twitter at @TerryWBZ.

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