WV's "Air-Conditioned City" Breaks Heat Record

The southern West Virginia town that bills itself as "Nature's Air-Conditioned City" has broken a heat record.

The National Weather Service says the temperature hit 90 degrees in Bluefield Tuesday. The previous record for the date was 86 degrees on May 31, 2007.

The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce plans to mark the record by serving free lemonade Wednesday.

Chamber President Marc Meachum tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that it's believed to be the first time that temperatures have reached 90 degrees in May.

Other cities across West Virginia also saw record heat Tuesday. The records included 87 degrees in Beckley, 93 degrees in Morgantown and 94 degrees in Martinsburg.

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