Heat wave continues over East coast

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The summer season got off to a running start yesterday.  The first day of the new season saw the fall of many previous record temperatures across the Eastern Seaboard. 

Here in Charlotte we hit 93 degrees, but with the humidity factored into the equation it felt more like 95.

According to the National Weather Service, it was also 93 in New York City's Central Park.  Heat indices in Boston swelled to 100 and to 101 in Washington, D.C.

This comes on the heels of the warmest spring on record in the U.S.  

The heat continues today with heat indices well into the 90s across the Piedmont.  Remember to drink plenty of water and avoid exercising during the afternoon and early evening hours if possible.  Ozone levels will once again be elevated today, so those with respiratory issues should be especially careful.

Cooler temperatures are expected behind a cold front early next week.

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