Heat wave breaks records

Associated Press
The skyline rises through haze as one boy pumps water for another to drink from an old-fashioned water pump along Lake Harriet Friday, July 6, 2012 in Minneapolis where temperatures reached into the upper 90's for another day during the heat wave.  The National Weather Service said the record-breaking heat that has baked the nation’s midsection for several days was slowly moving into the mid-Atlantic states and Northeast. Excessive-heat warnings remained in place Friday for all of Iowa, Indiana and Illinois as well as much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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The first seven months of 2012 were the hottest on record in the northeastern United States. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2012 had an average temperature of 55.3°F, which eclipsed 1998, the previous record holder, by 1°F.

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