NORFOLK, Neb. – Cooler temperatures have arrived across much of Nebraska, but not before record-setting heat gripped large swaths of the state.

Just two days before the official start of fall, several towns and cities across Nebraska set daily highs for Sept. 20.

Seven cities topped the record books, with six hitting triple digits on Tuesday.

Lincoln led the way with a 103-degree mark, topping its old record for the date of 96 degrees. It’s the third-latest 100-degree mark on record for the capital city. The latest triple digit mark in Lincoln was Sept. 28, 1953.

Fremont’s 100-degree mark, which eclipsed an 82-year-old daily record, was also the third-latest triple-digit temperature in city history. Like Lincoln, the latest 100-degree mark in Fremont occurred on Sept. 28, 1953.

Norfolk tied a 127-year-old record by hitting 100 degrees on Tuesday. Tekamah topped an 87-year-old mark by hitting 102 degrees. Also hitting triple digits were Omaha, Nebraska City, Beatrice and Falls City.

Additionally, Columbus reached 97 degrees, breaking the city’s daily record of 93 set in 2016.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the 60s and 70s across much of the state through Friday, with rainy weather anticipated in some regions.