Cool trivia for a very hot day
In the grip of a sweltering heat wave, people are finding creative ways to cool off.
July 22nd, 2011
12:14 PM ET

Cool trivia for a very hot day

The heat wave that was smothering the Midwest has moved east and is coupling with a heaping dose of sticky humidity to produce a sauna-like effect along the Atlantic.

Whether you're on the East Coast or just feel bad for the East Coast, cool off with these heat-related stats and factoids, and check back for more throughout the day.

  • Today's forecast high for Augusta, Maine, is 97 degrees, 11 degrees higher than the forecast for Honolulu.
  • Between 2001 and 2010, the average number of fatalities due to extreme heat was 115. In summer 2010, the number was 138. Heat was the largest contributor to the country's 490 weather-related fatalities last year.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, you can still stay hydrated by drinking coffee - sort of. Contrary to popular belief, new research shows that caffeine's diuretic effects are potent only when it's consumed in large amounts. This means more than four to seven cups. Of course, water is your best bet.
  • When the Motown song "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave" was released in July  1963, temperatures in Detroit didn't top the low 90s. Wednesday, when the Midwest was bearing the brunt of the extreme heat, Detroit's high was 100 degrees.
  • According to NOAA, a car in the sun will heat up to 123 degrees in an hour when the outside temperature is just 80 degrees.
  • It really is rather "hot in Cleveland." Today's high there is 92, significantly hotter than Los Angeles' 76 degrees.
  • Washington's high of 103 degrees will feel like 117 with the humidity. In Calcutta, India, tomorrow's high of 87 degrees will feel like 100.
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    July 23, 2011 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
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    I dont understand any of these post. I am soooooo confuseled. I do tlike the goofy professors post though. I bet he is hot and good looking.

    July 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 25, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
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    What happened to my comment?

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    July 25, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
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