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.

An aerial view of New Yorkers cooling off at Jones Beach on August 4, 2012 in Wantagh, New York. The past year through June 2012 in the continental Unite States has been the hottest since modern record-keeping started in 1895, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA also reports the ten warmest years since 1895 have occurred since 2000. A weather expert at the agency suggested climate change has a role in the high temperatures. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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An aerial view of New Yorkers cooling off at Jones Beach on August 4, 2012 in Wantagh, New York. The past year through June 2012 in the continental Unite States has been the hottest since modern record-keeping started in 1895, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA also reports the ten warmest years since 1895 have occurred since 2000. A weather expert at the agency suggested climate change has a role in the high temperatures. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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)
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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)
Ricky Perez unloads 300-pound blocks of ice from a brine tank to be sold at Arctic Glacier Premium Ice on July 17, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Perez said, "Right now we are selling these things like crazy." The blocks take three days to freeze in the tank and sell for $75. A heat advisory was issued in the city again today as high temperatures were expected in the 90?s though tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Ricky Perez unloads 300-pound blocks of ice from a brine tank to be sold at Arctic Glacier Premium Ice on July 17, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Perez said, "Right now we are selling these things like crazy." The blocks take three days to freeze in the tank and sell for $75. A heat advisory was issued in the city again today as high temperatures were expected in the 90?s though tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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)
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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)
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)
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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)
Isaac O'neill reads a newspaper in Brooklyn Bridge Park 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)
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Isaac O'neill reads a newspaper in Brooklyn Bridge Park 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)
A UPS driver keeps a towel on his head while driving along Broadway during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New york City. Forecasts for tomorrow are predicting temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) and may feel as hot as 106 because of humidity, according to the National weather Service. Much of the midwest of the United States has been experiencing a severe heat wave which has devastated crops and kept people indoors. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A UPS driver keeps a towel on his head while driving along Broadway during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New york City. Forecasts for tomorrow are predicting temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) and may feel as hot as 106 because of humidity, according to the National weather Service. Much of the midwest of the United States has been experiencing a severe heat wave which has devastated crops and kept people indoors. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A UPS driver keeps a towel on his head while driving along Broadway during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New york City. Forecasts for tomorrow are predicting temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) and may feel as hot as 106 because of humidity, according to the National weather Service. Much of the midwest of the United States has been experiencing a severe heat wave which has devastated crops and kept people indoors. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A man sells bottled water along Broadway during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New york City. Forecasts for tomorrow are predicting temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) and may feel as hot as 106 because of humidity, according to the National weather Service. Much of the midwest of the United States has been experiencing a severe heat wave which has devastated crops and kept people indoors. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A man sells bottled water along Broadway during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New york City. Forecasts for tomorrow are predicting temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) and may feel as hot as 106 because of humidity, according to the National weather Service. Much of the midwest of the United States has been experiencing a severe heat wave which has devastated crops and kept people indoors. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A man sells bottled water along Broadway during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New york City. Forecasts for tomorrow are predicting temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) and may feel as hot as 106 because of humidity, according to the National weather Service. Much of the midwest of the United States has been experiencing a severe heat wave which has devastated crops and kept people indoors. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A woman walks down the street under a sun umbrella during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New york City. Forecasts for tomorrow are predicting temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) and may feel as hot as 106 because of humidity, according to the National weather Service. Much of the midwest of the United States has been experiencing a severe heat wave which has devastated crops and kept people indoors. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A woman walks down the street under a sun umbrella during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New york City. Forecasts for tomorrow are predicting temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) and may feel as hot as 106 because of humidity, according to the National weather Service. Much of the midwest of the United States has been experiencing a severe heat wave which has devastated crops and kept people indoors. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A woman walks down the street under a sun umbrella during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New york City. Forecasts for tomorrow are predicting temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) and may feel as hot as 106 because of humidity, according to the National weather Service. Much of the midwest of the United States has been experiencing a severe heat wave which has devastated crops and kept people indoors. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Kale Currin cools off in the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago Jeff Haynes / Reuters
Kale Currin cools off in the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago Jeff Haynes / Reuters
Kale Currin cools off in the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago Jeff Haynes / Reuters
A man relaxes on a bench in the along the High Line park during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New york City. Forecasts for tomorrow are predicting temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) and may feel as hot as 106 because of humidity, according to the National weather Service. Much of the midwest of the United States has been experiencing a severe heat wave which has devastated crops and kept people indoors.(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A man relaxes on a bench in the along the High Line park during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New york City. Forecasts for tomorrow are predicting temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) and may feel as hot as 106 because of humidity, according to the National weather Service. Much of the midwest of the United States has been experiencing a severe heat wave which has devastated crops and kept people indoors.(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A man relaxes on a bench in the along the High Line park during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New york City. Forecasts for tomorrow are predicting temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) and may feel as hot as 106 because of humidity, according to the National weather Service. Much of the midwest of the United States has been experiencing a severe heat wave which has devastated crops and kept people indoors.(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Jake Wenz, 12, jumps off the high board at Centennial Beach in Naperville, Ill. on Friday July 6, 2012. There's been no relief day or night from a scorching heat wave in the central U.S., and the deadly temperatures were heading east Friday after Midwest cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee set record highs.(AP Photo/Daily Herald,Bev Horne )
Jake Wenz, 12, jumps off the high board at Centennial Beach in Naperville, Ill. on Friday July 6, 2012. There's been no relief day or night from a scorching heat wave in the central U.S., and the deadly temperatures were heading east Friday after Midwest cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee set record highs.(AP Photo/Daily Herald,Bev Horne )
Jake Wenz, 12, jumps off the high board at Centennial Beach in Naperville, Ill. on Friday July 6, 2012. There's been no relief day or night from a scorching heat wave in the central U.S., and the deadly temperatures were heading east Friday after Midwest cities like Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee set record highs.(AP Photo/Daily Herald,Bev Horne )
The skyline rises through haze as one boy pumps water for another to drink from an old-fashioned water pump along Lake Harriet Friday, July 6, 2012 in Minneapolis where temperatures reached into the upper 90's for another day during the heat wave. The National Weather Service said the record-breaking heat that has baked the nation’s midsection for several days was slowly moving into the mid-Atlantic states and Northeast. Excessive-heat warnings remained in place Friday for all of Iowa, Indiana and Illinois as well as much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
The skyline rises through haze as one boy pumps water for another to drink from an old-fashioned water pump along Lake Harriet Friday, July 6, 2012 in Minneapolis where temperatures reached into the upper 90's for another day during the heat wave. The National Weather Service said the record-breaking heat that has baked the nation’s midsection for several days was slowly moving into the mid-Atlantic states and Northeast. Excessive-heat warnings remained in place Friday for all of Iowa, Indiana and Illinois as well as much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
The skyline rises through haze as one boy pumps water for another to drink from an old-fashioned water pump along Lake Harriet Friday, July 6, 2012 in Minneapolis where temperatures reached into the upper 90's for another day during the heat wave. The National Weather Service said the record-breaking heat that has baked the nation’s midsection for several days was slowly moving into the mid-Atlantic states and Northeast. Excessive-heat warnings remained in place Friday for all of Iowa, Indiana and Illinois as well as much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Men who identified themselves as Papa B, left, and Cadillac Bob, find refuge from the heat in a shaded lot between their homes Thursday, July 5, 2012 on Chicago's south side. Chicago hit 103 degrees as oppressive heat slams the middle of the country with record high temperatures that aren't going away after the sun goes down. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)
Men who identified themselves as Papa B, left, and Cadillac Bob, find refuge from the heat in a shaded lot between their homes Thursday, July 5, 2012 on Chicago's south side. Chicago hit 103 degrees as oppressive heat slams the middle of the country with record high temperatures that aren't going away after the sun goes down. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)
Men who identified themselves as Papa B, left, and Cadillac Bob, find refuge from the heat in a shaded lot between their homes Thursday, July 5, 2012 on Chicago's south side. Chicago hit 103 degrees as oppressive heat slams the middle of the country with record high temperatures that aren't going away after the sun goes down. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)
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)
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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)
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Swimmers try and keep cool in near 100 degree temperatures at Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights, Mich., Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Swimmers try and keep cool in near 100 degree temperatures at Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights, Mich., Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, Honey, a 2-year-old American Guinea hog at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill., cools off in a pool of water as temperatures hovered near the 100 mark. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)
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In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, Honey, a 2-year-old American Guinea hog at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill., cools off in a pool of water as temperatures hovered near the 100 mark. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)
Jason Gerald, left, and Adam Hoffman jump into the Lake Michigan at Montrose Beach Thursday, June 28, 2012 in Chicago. The National Weather Service said the temperature Thursday hit 98 degrees. The last time it hit 100 was 2005. (AP Photo/ Nam Y. Huh)
Jason Gerald, left, and Adam Hoffman jump into the Lake Michigan at Montrose Beach Thursday, June 28, 2012 in Chicago. The National Weather Service said the temperature Thursday hit 98 degrees. The last time it hit 100 was 2005. (AP Photo/ Nam Y. Huh)
Jason Gerald, left, and Adam Hoffman jump into the Lake Michigan at Montrose Beach Thursday, June 28, 2012 in Chicago. The National Weather Service said the temperature Thursday hit 98 degrees. The last time it hit 100 was 2005. (AP Photo/ Nam Y. Huh)
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From left, construction workers Santiago Gomez, Jorge Moreno, Abel Lozano take a break from the extreme heat during a road construction project in downtown Chicago, Thursday, June 28, 2012. Temperatures in the city were expected to reach 96 Thursday with little relief expected in the next few days. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)
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From left, construction workers Santiago Gomez, Jorge Moreno, Abel Lozano take a break from the extreme heat during a road construction project in downtown Chicago, Thursday, June 28, 2012. Temperatures in the city were expected to reach 96 Thursday with little relief expected in the next few days. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)
Parker Farrell, 2, cools off in the lake at Millenium Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., as temperatures rose to a high of 96 degrees on Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Matthew Busch)
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Parker Farrell, 2, cools off in the lake at Millenium Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., as temperatures rose to a high of 96 degrees on Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Matthew Busch)
Swimmers try and keep cool in near 100 degree temperatures on a lazy river at Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights, Mich., Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Swimmers try and keep cool in near 100 degree temperatures on a lazy river at Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights, Mich., Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Swimmers try and keep cool in near 100 degree temperatures on a lazy river at Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights, Mich., Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Jerome Delbridge of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful uses a fire hose to water trees along the interstate in downtown in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 28, 2012. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is urging residents to water their trees as temperatures top 100 degrees in Central Indiana. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Jerome Delbridge of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful uses a fire hose to water trees along the interstate in downtown in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 28, 2012. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is urging residents to water their trees as temperatures top 100 degrees in Central Indiana. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
As temperatures top 100-degrees in the nation's capital, tourists take their shade with them by carrying umbrellas as they tour the U.S. Capitol grounds June 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. Heat warnings are up and people are being told to stay indoors as the heat index will soar to around 110-degrees Friday and Saturday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
As temperatures top 100-degrees in the nation's capital, tourists take their shade with them by carrying umbrellas as they tour the U.S. Capitol grounds June 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. Heat warnings are up and people are being told to stay indoors as the heat index will soar to around 110-degrees Friday and Saturday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
As temperatures top 100-degrees in the nation's capital, tourists take their shade with them by carrying umbrellas as they tour the U.S. Capitol grounds June 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. Heat warnings are up and people are being told to stay indoors as the heat index will soar to around 110-degrees Friday and Saturday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Charnice Hoegnifioh, 10, of Round Lake Beach, IL gets water squirted in her face as she cools off at the Grayslake Park district spray park Thursday June 28, 2012 as temperatures climbed close to 100 degrees. (AP photo/Daily Herald, Steve Lundy)
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Charnice Hoegnifioh, 10, of Round Lake Beach, IL gets water squirted in her face as she cools off at the Grayslake Park district spray park Thursday June 28, 2012 as temperatures climbed close to 100 degrees. (AP photo/Daily Herald, Steve Lundy)
As temperatures top 100-degrees in the nation's capital, visitors take their shade with them by carrying umbrellas as they tour the U.S. Capitol grounds June 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. Heat warnings are up and people are being told to stay indoors as the heat index will soar to around 110-degrees Friday and Saturday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
As temperatures top 100-degrees in the nation's capital, visitors take their shade with them by carrying umbrellas as they tour the U.S. Capitol grounds June 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. Heat warnings are up and people are being told to stay indoors as the heat index will soar to around 110-degrees Friday and Saturday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
As temperatures top 100-degrees in the nation's capital, visitors take their shade with them by carrying umbrellas as they tour the U.S. Capitol grounds June 29, 2012 in Washington, DC. Heat warnings are up and people are being told to stay indoors as the heat index will soar to around 110-degrees Friday and Saturday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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