Record heat smothered most of the East and Midwest on Saturday for the third straight day, spawning thunderstorms and heavy rain.
More than two dozen daily record highs were broken or tied. The temperature hit 97 in Burlington, Vt., the city's all-time high for June. Lansing, Mich., reached 96, breaking a record set in 1870.Other record highs for the date included: Alpena, Mich., 93; Concord, N.H., 95; Detroit 96; Flint, Mich., 96; Fort Wayne, Ind., 98; Portland, Maine, 87; Mansfield, Ohio, 91; South Bend, Ind., 95; and Toledo, Ohio, 98.
Scattered thunderstorms developed from parts of New England into the Midwest and south to the Gulf Coast region.
At least 6 inches of rain fell in a few hours in north-central and northeast Nebraska early Saturday and there were reports of 9 inches of rain near Wausa.
Thunderstorms spawned a tornado near Sedalia, Colo., and west of Presque Isle in Maine. High winds downed trees and power lines in Maine and Pennsylvania.
Overnight temperatures fell into the 70s from Texas into southern Wisconsin, east into New York State and southern New England.
Farther south, temperatures dipped into the lower 70s, with some upper 60s from the Tennessee Valley into the Mid-Atlantic region.
Readings remained very mild across the southwestern deserts as well. Temperatures fell into the 70s from parts of Southern California and Arizona into southern Nevada.