So far, so hot

While we were away vacationing in a place where people actually were talking about wind chills, it appears that someone left the stove on around here.

Officially, with an average temperature of 81.7, July 2010 was the second warmest in Philadelphia in the period of record dating to 1874. It was nudged out by the 82.1 of 1994.

Taken together, June and July constituted the second-warmest such period ever, finishing at 80, just behind the 80.1 of the aforementioned 1994.

In all, it reached 90 or better on 19 days in July, the seventh-highest number for a July in Philadelphia.

Atlantic City's 79.8 reading for July was the highest ever, but July 2010 came in seventh in Wilmington and didn't make the top 10 in Allentown, according to the preliminary numbers from the National Weather Service.

Autumn arrives at 11:09 p.m. on Sept. 22.