Summer Brings The Heat

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 10:43am

Dangerous temperatures accompany the first day of summer.

At precisely 1:16 Eastern Tme this afternoon we jumped from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice.

In other words, summer is officially here, but for many parts of the country, it seems like summer started weeks ago.

Across the South the longest day of the year was also the hottest, so far.

"I go inside and stay inside 'til the sun goes down," says Charlotte resident Bobby Kitzinger.

With temperatures in both Carolinas near or above triple digits relief was hard to come by.

In Atlanta two daycare workers were charged after the oppressive heat produced a tragic outcome Monday, when a 2-year-old left in a locked van died.

Parched parts of north Texas finally got some relief.

Overnight storms brought the first significant rainfall in weeks, dropping nearly three inches around Dallas, but causing significant damage from high winds.

There were also lightning strikes, one of which was likely to blame for a house fire.

Forecasters still fear another round of tornados could break out, like those that tore across Nebraska Monday.

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