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Heat wave

In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, Honey, a 2-year-old American Guinea hog at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill., cools off in a pool of water as temperatures hovered near the 100 mark. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)

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.