Wednesday was as hot a day as New Orleans has ever experienced, with temperatures at Audubon Park setting the all-time record of 104 degrees there before thunderstorms provided some relief in the late afternoon.
The mercury climbed to 100 at Louis Armstrong International Airport, which broke the daily record by 4 degrees but was 2 degrees short of the all-time record there of 102.
The temperature reached 104 at Audubon Park, with the humidity making it seem like it was hotter than 110 degrees. That surpassed the previous record for a high temperature during any time of the year, set on Aug. 30, 2000. It also broke the earlier park temperature record for June 24 of 99, set in 2006. The normal temperature for that date is 91.
At the airport, which records the weather service’s official New Orleans temperature, the thermometer hit 100 at 2:53 p.m., breaking the former record of 96 degrees set in 2007. The record for the airport is 102, set on Aug. 22, 1980. The normal temperature is 90.
Source: Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune