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Summertime, and the living is hot and may get hotter

Lauren Morello, E&E reporter
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012

The first day of summer arrived with a bang yesterday in the northeastern United States, as a heat wave sent temperatures soaring from Maine to Virginia.

Temperatures climbed to the mid- to high-90s yesterday in New York, Philadelphia and New York.

The heat is expected to continue today with a combination of high temperatures and humidity pushing the heat indices in those cities above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Summer or simmer? Parts of the East Coast and Southwest will know it's here. Click the map for a larger version. Photo courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The good news for the Northeast: Relief is on the way, according to Steven Cooper, acting head of the National Weather Service. Cooper said forecasts predict "a shift in the pattern" next week, producing below-normal temperatures.

But federal meteorologists say there will be an extended heat wave across the middle of the country, in places like Jackson, Miss.; Little Rock, Ark.; Dallas; Bismarck, N.D.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Salt Lake City; and Cheyenne, Wyo.

The Climate Prediction Center's U.S. Hazards Outlook, released yesterday, says high temperatures are likely to hit parts of the Rockies, Plains and Mississippi Valley this weekend.

In the meantime, parts of Arizona are already scorching. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch yesterday for much of the southeastern portion of the state, with excessive heat advisories across central Arizona and the Grand Canyon.

Reprinted from ClimateWire with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. 202-628-6500


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Reprinted from ClimateWire with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. 202-628-6500.

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