Heat wave breaks records

Kale Currin cools off in the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago Jeff Haynes / Reuters

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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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