Nightly News   |  July 17, 2013

Temperatures surge, with relief still days away

As the heat sweeps across the US, in Atlanta they finally cracked 90 degrees. It has been 40 years since the city has gone this deep into July without hitting that temperature. NBC’s Mike Seidel reports.

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>>> we normally associate weather channel meteorologist mike seidel with extreme weather and tonight, it happens to be heat. he is live not far from us here in new york's central park . mike, good evening.

>> reporter: good evening, brian. we are not setting many records. what we will remember about this week is the persistence of the heat, as tom costello mentioned. today in central park , 97 on the thermometer, the hottest day so far this summer. and going to be more of this. look at the thursday high temperatures, again, mid-90s from boston st. louis. heat index values once again around 100. these temperatures running 10, 12, 15 degrees above average. again, few records set. then the cooldown begins friday afternoon. cold front through the twin cities , ten degrees colder behind the front but it is going to feel like a jungle for a many of us, including a 99 in st. louis. that front will bring gusty thunderstorms saturday to the northeast and relief. speaking of the have and have nots in atlanta today, finally, they cracked 90 for the first time this month it has been nearly 40 years since the city has gone this deep into july before they hit 90. brian?

>> unbelievable. mike seidel live in central park for us tonight. mike, thanks.