Heat wave breaks records

Associated Press
Jason Gerald, left, and Adam Hoffman jump into the Lake Michigan at Montrose Beach Thursday, June 28, 2012 in Chicago. The National Weather Service said the temperature Thursday hit 98 degrees. The last time it hit 100 was 2005. (AP Photo/ Nam Y. Huh)

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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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