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US northeast sees record heat

by Staff Writers
New York (AFP) April 7, 2010
New York and the northeastern United States bathed in a record heat wave Wednesday, as East Coast residents finally put behind them weeks of bad weather including spring storms and deep winter snows.

New York saw temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 degrees centigrade), pipping the 89 degrees (31.6 degrees centigrade) record for April 7 set back in 1929, the National Weather Service said.

Boston, Massachusetts, was also enjoying 90 degrees weather, easily besting a previous record for the day set in 1991, the weather service said.

Dulles international airport in Virginia, which serves the capital Washington, also saw the mercury soar to 91 (32.7 Celsius) degrees on Wednesday, just short of the record of 92 (33.3 Celsius).

High temperatures have brought blossoms and early flowers to city parks in the region that spent much of recent weeks mopping up after huge floods or crippling snow storms.

The weather will return to more seasonal norms this week, with temperatures forecast to ease to 81 degrees (27 degrees centigrade) on Thursday, then a rainy 62 degrees (16 degrees centigrade) on Friday.

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