Officially the summer season rolled in just after 7 PM (EDT) Wednesday evening but Mother Nature decided to get a jump start on the summer by providing record setting high temperatures. Officially the mercury touched 97 degrees at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee just after 4 PM. The old record high for the date of 96 was set in 1953. Records could fall again on Thursday. The record high temperature stands at 97 degrees set back in 1953 as well. Readings in the lower Pioneer Valley could reach the century mark for an hour or two during the afternoon Thursday. A breeze will pick up which should lower dew points and humidity levels during the afternoon too. So, even though it will become extremely hot, humidity levels won’t be as oppressive as they were Wednesday. By the way, the all-time record high temperature for any day at Westover in Chicopee is 102 degrees. It occurred on June 26, 1952. It’s not impossible for us to reach that mark Thursday!