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Heat wave

Graham Gallaway shields himself with a hat as he picks green beans under the hot sun at Piedmont Biofarm in Pittsboro, N.C., Friday, June 29, 2012. Triple-digit temperatures are expected for several days in North Carolina. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Heat wave breaks records

August 8, 2012

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.