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October 02, 2019

Philly hits 90 degrees in October for first time in 78 years

Sure, it's always sunny in Philadelphia, but does it always have to be so dang hot?

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Philly temperature record 2019 Adam Hermann/PhillyVoice

Leaves are falling and changing colors in Philly, but Wednesday's record-setting high temperature sure didn't feel like autumn.

On Wednesday, for one final time in 2019, hopefully, it was hot as hell in Philadelphia.

The temperature in Philly on Wednesday reached (and then eclipsed) 90 degrees for the first time in the month of October since 1941, according to the National Weather Service.

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The NWS's temperature records, which date back to 1874, show temperatures in Philadelphia during the month of October have only ever reached 90 degrees seven times, including Wednesday:

The National Weather Service also reported that Wednesday's high was the hottest Oct. 2 in the history of recorded temperature in Philadelphia. The previous record, 87 degrees, occurred in 2002.

It's been a year of extreme, record-setting weather, at least locally. Back in mid-May, Cape May broke a 112-year-old record for its coldest May 13 of all-time, when the high temperature reached just 55 degrees.

Luckily, it seems the heat will be behind us after Wednesday: according to Accuweather's forecast, the next seven days won't top 73 degrees, with lows in the high 40s and low 50s.

Last month, thousands of young people in Philadelphia and millions around the world took to the streets in a global climate march, urging action from governments in the face of ongoing climate change.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this July was the warmest July, globally, in the past 140 years. Nine of the 10 warmest Julys ever have occurred in the last 14 years.

In October 2018, leading climate scientists warned that the planet had 12 years left to limit climate change's effect on global temperatures.

Earlier this year, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions and adopting more sustainable practices. Wolf wants Pennsylvania to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

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