Summer will officially begin at 7:09 p.m. EDT today, and for much of the East, the season will kick off with near-record heat.
A ridge of high pressure took shape across the Great Lakes region on Tuesday, the last full day of spring. Afternoon highs soared into the low to middle 90s in Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis and Louisville.
The heat is nothing new in this part of the country. All of the aforementioned cities have recorded at least two 90-degree readings so far in 2012, while Detroit has reached the mark five times.
According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, “Chicago has hit the 90-degree mark a dozen times with St. Louis reaching the mark 17 times so far in 2012.”