Wednesday was the hottest Oct. 2 ever recorded in Richmond — and the heat isn't over

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Jonathan Jones rode along the Virginia Capital Trail on Wednesday, when the high hit 98 degrees in Richmond.

A heat wave expected to linger through Thursday brought record high temperatures to Richmond and much of the Southeast on Wednesday.

Richmond International Airport reached 98 degrees on Wednesday, 7 degrees hotter than the previous high for Oct. 2, which was set in 1986. The temperature is 1 degree shy of the hottest day ever recorded in October, on Oct. 6, 1941. Records date back to 1897.

Richmond could set another record Thursday, when forecasts call for the temperature to reach the mid-90s again. The record for Oct. 3 is 94 degrees, set in 1919.

A cold front is expected to bring more fall-like weather in time for the weekend, said Mike Montefusco, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

— From staff reports

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John Boyer, the RTD's staff meteorologist

John Boyer is the first staff meteorologist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the RTD newsroom in November 2016 after covering severe weather on television in Tulsa, Okla.

As a native of the Roanoke area, the region’s heavy snowstorms started his fascination with Virginia’s changing weather.

Boyer earned his degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and earned their Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal in 2012.

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Thursday Weatherline

Richmond area gets 1 to 2 inches of rain

Richmond International Airport saw 1.3 inches of rain on Wednesday, the wettest day there since July 7. The rainfall also broke the record for Oct. 16. More rain fell in nine hours than in the previous 54 days (dating to Aug. 23). Metro-area totals ranged from 1 to 2 inches.

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