The official start of summer brought temperatures in the high 90s to the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday, setting records in some spots and getting awfully close in others, with people wilting at graduation ceremonies, students trying to learn in sweltering classrooms and authorities warning folks to check on elderly neighbors.
The hot spell arrived right on time _ on the longest day of the year _
in a region that's home to some of the nation's most densely populated
cities. Record temperatures were reached at all three New York City-area
airports, along with Connecticut's Bradley International Airport and
the cities of Burlington, Vt., and Houlton, Maine, according to the
National Weather Service.