At 2:36 p.m. Thursday, the thermometer at Richmond International Airport hit 102°, making it the hottest temperature ever recorded for the date. This beats the previous record high of 101°, set back in 1990.
In addition to a record high, a record was also set for the warmest low temperature for the date. The temperature never dropped below 79° Thursday, beating the old record of 77°.
Here are the record warmest lows and highs for the next few days:
79° / 105° – Friday, July 6
78° / 104° – Saturday, July 7
78° / 102° – Sunday, July 8
Our forecast lows are close to the records, so we could see another record by Sunday. The best chances of tying or beating a record high will be Saturday & Sunday.
We have the potential to achieve triple-digit highs through Sunday. The record of most consecutive 100° days was the five day period of August 29 through September 2 in 1953.
The hottest temperature on record this year has been 103° from June 29. The hottest temperature ever recorded at Richmond International was 107° from August 6, 1918.