AP PHOTOS: Heat wave grips much of US

The Associated Press
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Mikel Welch, 9, floats on his back as he cools off in a fountain Friday, July 6, 2012, in St. Louis. Excessive-heat warnings remained in place Friday for all of Iowa, Indiana and Illinois as well as much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The heat wave gripping much of the country is continuing its hold, with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher spreading to northeastern cities including Philadelphia and New York.

The heat set records Saturday in Washington — 105 degrees — as well as St. Louis (106), and Indianapolis (104).

At least 30 deaths are being blamed on the heat, including nine in Maryland and 10 in Chicago, mostly among the elderly. Extreme heat was also cited as a factor in three deaths in Wisconsin, two in Tennessee and three in Pennsylvania.

There is a break in sight: Cooler weather should begin to arrive in many regions Sunday.


Here is a running gallery of photos that will be updated throughout the weekend.