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Heat wave

People relax in the sand at the Brooklyn Bridge Park pop-up pool on July 16, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. A heat advisory was issued in the city again today as high temperatures were expected in the 90?s the next three days. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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.