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Heat wave

Charnice Hoegnifioh, 10, of Round Lake Beach, IL gets water squirted in her face as she cools off at the Grayslake Park district spray park Thursday June 28, 2012 as temperatures climbed close to 100 degrees. (AP photo/Daily Herald, Steve Lundy)

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.