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Heat wave

From left, construction workers Santiago Gomez, Jorge Moreno, Abel Lozano take a break from the extreme heat during a road construction project in downtown Chicago, Thursday, June 28, 2012. Temperatures in the city were expected to reach 96 Thursday with little relief expected in the next few days. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)

Heat wave breaks records

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.