Heat wave breaks records

Associated Press
Swimmers try and keep cool in near 100 degree temperatures on a lazy river at Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights, Mich., Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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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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