The hottest weather in the nation was in an unlikely place Thursday afternoon: the Northeast.
Cities such as New York, Boston and Portland, Maine, soared into the low- to mid-90s and were hotter than the likes of Phoenix, Los Angeles and Miami.
At 3 p.m., Boston stood out as the hottest city in the nation — something that hardly ever happens. The mercury had risen to a scorching 95 degrees.
Connecticut, according to WeatherBell Analytics meteorologist Ryan Maue, was the warmest state in the nation.
Record highs were falling like flies in New England. Nearly every major city along Interstate 95 set a record for the date, and a few spots hit monthly records.
Some of the records established Thursday afternoon:
In a number of areas, temperatures were 20-plus degrees warmer than normal.
Thursday marked the second straight day of record heat in the eastern United States. On Wednesday, record highs were set from Florida to Vermont:
The nation’s hottest weather had concentrated over the Northeast on Thursday because of a strong area of high pressure centered over the region.
In sharp contrast, unusually low pressure and a pool of cold air were centered over the western United States, supporting snowy weather in the Rockies.
The high-pressure dome bringing the heat to the Northeast was forecast to drift offshore by the weekend.
Boston’s forecast high on Saturday? 65 degrees — 30 degrees cooler than 48 hours before.