Heat now elite

Unlike cities elsewhere in the nation, Philadelphia set no high-temperature records during the hot spell that, we presume, has just ended.

But it did make into the elite class in terms of endurance.

At Philadelphia International Airport the official temperature did reach 90 at 1:53 p.m., the 12th consecutive day of official readings of 90 or better in the city.

That places this hot spell in a fourth-place tie for longest-lasting heat. That should be it, however, at least until early next week.

The highs tomorrow should be in the mid-80s, and the next few nights should be reasonably comfortable.

Here is the list of all the 90-plus runs that lasted 10 days or more:

18, Aug. 15, 1988

17, Aug. 5, 1995

13, Sept. 5, 1953

12, July 9, 2012

12, Aug. 3, 1999

12, July 23, 1952

12, July 6, 1901

11, July 14, 1885

11, July 26, 1885

10, Aug. 20, 2002

10, Aug. 9, 1980

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