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Heat wave

A New York City firefighter cools off on a fire hose after helping extricate a car that fell down an elevator shaft at a garage in Midtown Manhattan, Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in New York. Temperatures are expected to reach into the high 90s Tuesday in the New York metropolitan area. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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.