Surviving the Northeast heatwave

The northeastern United States sweltered this week in a scorching summer heat wave, complete with stagnant, sticky air and no winds for relief, forecasters said.

 Even in a summer already filled with stretches of very hot weather, this week will be stubbornly brutal, with no relief in sight until the weekend brings thunderstorms to the region, they said.

 "Plain and simple, this week may feel the worst of any week for this summer in the Northeast," said Accuweather.com meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. (Reuters)

Children play on a fountain at Pier A Park during a heat wave, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in Hoboken, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Maribel Castro sews in her un-air conditioned shop, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in Philadelphia. An excessive heat warning is again in effect for the Philadelphia region with highs expected to head up to the mid-90s (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Frank Hathaway pushes his 9-month-old son, James, down the street under an umbrella in the noontime heat, Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in Barre, Vt. The heat wave continued on Wednesday in Vermont. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

A man cools off on the shore of Castle Island in the South Boston neighborhood, Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in Boston. Temperatures in the Boston area reached the 90s, extending a heat wave. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Scoe sits in the shade, avoiding the heat of the sun near his home, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in Philadelphia. An excessive heat warning is again in effect for the Philadelphia region with highs expected to head up to the mid-90s. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Elizabeth Fontanez, a carpenter at the World Trade Center transportation hub, drinks water during a break, Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in New York. The National Weather Service says a heat advisory is in effect Wednesday for metropolitan New York City. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

House painter Jesus Rubela wipes the sweat from his face while restoring a home in the South Boston neighborhood, Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in Boston. Temperatures in the Boston area reached the 90's, extending a heat wave. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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A dog splashes in a canine wading pool in Hudson River Park during a heat wave, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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)Ricky Otazu, of Lodi, N.J. walks past a giant screen outside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center announcing the week's weather forecast, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in New York. Temperatures in the New York metropolitan area are expected to stay in the 90s through Saturday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Isaiah Conn, 11, shuts his eyes as he body surfs in the waves at Kandle Park pool in Tacoma, Wash., on Monday, July 15, 2013. Conn was playing at the pool as the weather heated up.     (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Lui Kit Wong)

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Roofer Juan Belis works in the midday heart atop a building, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Philadelphia. An excessive heat warning is in effect in Philadelphia and surrounding counties as temperatures are expected to reach into the 90s. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Youngsters frolic on a raft in Curtis Pond to cool off on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Calais, Vt. A heat wave will scorch the Northeast this week, as some of the hottest weather of the summer envelops the region. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Northeast heat wave

Elise Price of Ballston Spa, N.Y., paddleboards with friends on Fish Creek on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Northeast heat wave

A woman uses an umbrella to cover herself from the midday sun while walking to Chinatown, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Boston.  A comfortable breeze off Boston Harbor kept temperatures in the high 80's, while much of New England sweltered in oppressive heat.    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

People keep cool while swimming in the water at the Lower Falls of the Swift River, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Albany, N.H. A weeklong heat wave continues to bear down on much of the region. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

A man sunbathes in Hudson River Park during a heat wave, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in New York. Forecasts are predicting temperatures in the 90s through Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Dogs splash in canine wading pools in Hudson River Park during a heat wave, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in New York. Forecasts are predicting temperatures in the 90s through Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

People cool off in the spray of an open hydrant on a hot evening in Lawrence, Mass. Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Area temperatures during the day reached into the 90s. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

People keep cool while swimming in the water at the Lower Falls of the Swift River, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Albany, N.H. A weeklong heat wave continues to bear down on much of the region. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)