With the unbearable heat of the past two days, leading into another two days predicted to be just as bad, try to cool off by recalling the horribly hot holiday weekends that NH went through in 2002.

Thermometer Sun 40 Degres. Hot summer day. High Summer temperatures

July 3rd through July 5th, 2002 94º degree average

July 4th hit the calendar that year on a Thursday and it was so hot, that I don't remember what day it was!

I do remember spending that day up at my Uncle Neil's camp at White's Pond in Center Ossipee. Since I was in my late twenties, my usual routine was to 'walk around the pond'.

Even though only about half of the pond had camps on it, there was a twisty dirt road that circled the entire body of water. It was hilly in sections and offered nice views of the pond and surrounding Carroll County mountains.

That day though?

All I did was sit at a picnic table like a sloth under heavy sedation.

The nights were also insufferable during this heat wave as the humidity never let go of it's grip for even a minute.

Wouldn't you know it, my window A/C unit conked out that May, and WOW those were some brutal nights.

I would have bet $100, that Labor Day weekend of that same year was just as hideous, but upon further research, I was wrong.

September 9th-10th, 2002 OVER 96º average

Labor Day happened on September 2nd that year, so I was off by a week. I'm once again going to blame this inaccuracy on the fact that my brain may have melted slightly during this stretch.

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