Hottest Day of the Year in Boston, Hartford, Providence

This could be the first September heat wave since 1983

Temperatures soared to 96 degrees in Boston, MA and Hartford, CT (technically records are kept at nearby Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks) as of 5 PM on Tuesday afternoon, and Providence, RI, hit 97.

In Boston and Hartford, that makes today the hottest day of the year so far. New record high temperatures for the date were also set there. The previous record highs in both Hartford and Boston were 95 set in 2007. The high of 97 in Providence also sets a new record, breaking the old one of 96 set in 1945.

A new record high has also been set in Bridgeport, CT.

For many cities and towns, including Boston, this was the second straight day with temperatures reaching 90 degrees. More 90s are expected tomorrow, which would make this an official heat wave. It would be the second in Boston this year, and it would be the first heat wave in September since 1983.

With the continued heat on Wednesday, more records will likely be set. Here’s a look at some of the records as they stand now. An asterisk means it is in jeopardy of being broken.

Montpelier, VT: 89 (2002)*
Worcester, MA: 90 (1915)*
Boston, MA: 91 (1971)*
Providence, RI: 91 (1971)*
St. Johnsbury, VT: 91 (1960)
Windsor Locks, CT: 91 (2002)*
Burlington, VT: 93 (2002)*

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