At 1:02 p.m. today, the temperature at Philadelphia International Airport hit 98.
That was 4 degrees shy of the record, but the city already had tied a less-heralded record before sunrise.
The low ovenight was 81, matching the highest minimum temperature for a 5th of July. Some of our riper readers may recall that also was the low on July 5, 1979, 1964, and 1963.
Saturday's projected high, 102, would be one short of the record.