Heat wave breaks records

Associated Press
Jake Wenz, 12, jumps off the high board at Centennial Beach in Naperville, Ill.  on Friday July 6, 2012.  There's been no relief day or night from a scorching heat wave in the central U.S., and the deadly temperatures were heading east Friday after Midwest cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee set record highs.(AP Photo/Daily Herald,Bev Horne )

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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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