This is gonna sound like an old Rodney Dangerfield joke setup, but it's a real thing. How hot was it in Quincy, Illinois this week? Well, I gotta tell you..."It's so hot I saw a dog chasing a cat, and they were both walking." That's an exaggeration, but it was hot enough that Quincy just broke an 81-year-old heat record.

100.9 The Eagle, The Tri-States' Classic Rock Station logo
Get our free mobile app

Let's pretend that I was smart enough to find this myself instead of my (much smarter than me) meteorologist wife telling me. The National Weather Service shared this graphic showing heat records for April 4. Notice April 4, 2023 recorded the highest temperature on this date in history.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

The high of 87 on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 topped the previous record of 86 recorded way back in 1942. Notice also that it's one of only three times in recorded weather history that April 4 reached 80 or higher anytime.

It was that astronomically high temperature that contributed to conditions that later produced tornadic thunderstorms that would cause massive damage, injuries and unfortunately death in Missouri and Illinois.

The good news is the rest of this week and early next look fairly comfortable with cool temps between now and the weekend with more heat headed our way by Sunday according to The Weather Channel.

20 of the Worst Jobs to Have in the Summer Heat

We've had quite the heat wave this summer throughout the United States. But what would be the worst job to have in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, or anywhere that is feeling temperatures higher than 90 degrees and that hot, sticky humidity? We took a poll on social media and below are the top answers for the worst jobs to have in extreme heat.

More From 100.9 The Eagle, The Tri-States' Classic Rock Station