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Heat wave

Jayden Jones, from right, 2, Veronica Caines, 6, Aliyah Nguyen, 5, Kianna Roman, 4, and Juliann Esola, 5, cool off in a wade pool under the watch of Amber Escola, Monday, July 16, 2012, in Philadelphia. Temperatures in Philadelphia reached the low 90s on Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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.