Heat wave breaks records

Associated Press
Men who identified themselves as Papa B, left, and Cadillac Bob, find refuge from the heat in a shaded lot between their homes Thursday, July 5, 2012 on Chicago's south side. Chicago hit 103 degrees as oppressive heat slams the middle of the country with record high temperatures that aren't going away after the sun goes down. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)

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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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