FILE - In this July 17, 2012 file photo, a New York 

FILE - In this July 17, 2012 file photo, a New York City firefighter cools off in New York.  This is the hottest year on record in the Northeast, according to data released Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 by the Northeast Regional Climate Center in Ithaca, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
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FILE - In this July 17, 2012 file photo, a New York City firefighter cools off in New York. This is the hottest year on record in the Northeast, according to data released Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 by the Northeast Regional Climate Center in Ithaca, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
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