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Just how hot was it back East?

Just how hot was it back East?
Six-year-old Alexander Merrill of Sioux Falls, S.D., cools off in a cloud of mist at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., Friday, July 6, 2012, as temperatures reached triple digits. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

It seemed every day we were Tweeting and posting about some intense heat numbers across the U.S., staring with the oppressive heat in Denver that created dangerous wildfire conditions to some all-time records being set back East (109 in Nashville?!?!)

I wanted to go through and see just how long and intense the heat wave was, so here is a chart showing a sample of cities' high temperatures, starting from June 22 through July 8.

  6/22 6/23 6/24 6/25 6/26 6/27 6/28 6/29 6/30 7/1 7/2 7/3 7/4 7/5 7/6 7/7 7/8
Denver 102 104 102 105 105 97 97 98 99 101 101 96 98 99 90 84 77
Chicago 87 87 94 76 83 92 100 88 92 91 98 96 102 103 103 98 85
Wash DC 97 91 93 89 82 89 96 104 97 99 95 98 99 100 100 105 102
Minneapolis 81 78 84 77 82 93 88 90 92 94 99 97 101 96 102 86 90
Indianapolis 87 89 92 86 83 91 104 103 97 95 98 98 102 103 105 105 96
St. Louis 86 88 99 90 87 99 108 106 105 102 100 101 105 105 106 107 98
Baltimore 98 90 92 88 81 90 96 103 95 97 94 96 97 99 99 104 100
Atlanta 92 92 93 93 90 90 98 104 106 105 93 99 98 100 98 93 95
Nashville 94 95 98 98 88 97 105 109 107 105 99 99 103 104 105 104 100