Image: Sunbathers in Boston Commons
Michael Dwyer  /  AP
Boston Commons saw plenty of sun worshipers on Wednesday.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 4/7/2010 6:13:24 PM ET 2010-04-07T22:13:24

Southern New England on Wednesday saw record heat, as well as fire danger warnings, less than a week after record flooding.

The National Weather Service says the temperature Wednesday hit 92 degrees in Providence, R.I., and Hartford, Conn., setting records for the day in both cities.

The temperature hit a record 90 at Boston's Logan International Airport. That's the earliest date ever for a 90-degree reading in Boston, the Weather Channel reported.
The "typical" first 90-degree day in Boston is June 5, the channel said, and a "typical" year sees only 13-14 days of 90 degrees or warmer there.

Providence last month also set a record for March rainfall; Boston had its second-rainiest month on record.

The weather service on Wednesday issued a red flag warning for much of southern New England. That means an enhanced danger of brush fires.

Officials point out that plants that have yet to bud can burn under the right conditions even if the ground is still wet.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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