June 30th, 2012
02:35 PM ET

Will 2012 be the hottest summer on record?

Nearly 52 record-high temperatures for 2012 have been reached in the past seven days, according to CNN meteorologist Sean Morris.

Summer has definitely arrived in the United States with record-breaking temperatures soaring into the triple digits, and relief is slow to follow. The sizzling heat may not subside for a week, possibly longer.

From Kansas to Washington, heat warnings, watches and advisories spanned 730,000 square miles, affecting about 100 million people on Friday alone.

Excessive heat warnings were posted for 12 states, from Nebraska to New Jersey, on Friday by the National Weather Service.

As fierce thunderstorms battered their way across the Midwest to the Atlantic Seaboard on Friday night, the wicked weather caused mass power outages, leaving residents to suffer the heat without air conditioning.

Deaths possibly related to the heat are still being investigated. People are checking on their neighbors, and cities are putting cooling centers into place and extending pool hours.

The temperatures soaring above 100 degrees are nowhere near normal for this time of year in the United States, Morris said.

But we've experienced hideously hot ones before the dog days of summer officially set in before.

Last year - which was declared the hottest summer on record  in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico by The Weather Channel - featured some wicked days.

In its list of all-time record highs, The Weather Channel reported that Childress, Texas, climbed to 117 degrees on June 26 last year, beating any temperature on record for any month, dating back to 1893.

Borger, Texas, and Gage, Oklahoma, both hit 113 degrees on June 26, while Fort Smith, Arkansas, hit 115 degrees on August 3.

If the temperatures are climbing dangerously high in your city, be sure to check our five tips to survive extreme heat.

How are you beating the heat in your area? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. HIDE BEHIND

    Don' t know a soul here but I'm willing to bet that not a one here knows about how to survive the next 10 years with any certainty.
    How many people does the government say that in a natural disaster can live in an 800 sq gt home?
    Jow much and what kinds of foods can you individually store legaly under national
    Disaster?
    How well will you know the people that either you will share someone elses home or will be taking up their 8 sq feet of your bedroom?
    Global warming is not just hot air but chaotic westher patterns, from massive frought one day to masdive gloding and tornados where never seen before.
    Massive plant and fauna die offs with only tje most vitulent bacteriad in the air doils and water, let alone what food you find
    Americans cannot handle a migration of approximately 30 million, what about over 100. and possibly 200 million impoverished and hungry thirsty all crowding to relief centers.
    Thrre is far more than just adfing solar panels to powrr your autos and fridges to think about?
    Un report says by 10 to 15 years there will be hundreds of millions of unemployable people will we be among them. ?

    July 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      I'll survive the next 10 years like iI have in the past 10.
      I KNOW how to survive.
      I have had to do it before.
      Who cares what the gov't says is legal when they break their own laws left and right...
      I worry, but not that much; me and mine will be safe.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Texsun

    *gulp*

    July 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Marlaine Marie Floyd

    I set out a foot bath of cool water that my husband and I share over the day. Every so often we might add a cup of ice. Since your blood flows through your body about every 3 minutes, a baggie of ice on a wrist or feet in a cool water bath for at least 5 minutes is quite a relief! Hope this helps – love to all....

    July 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Megan Gawe

    "No," It hasn't been hotter so far. According to the national weather archives the 1930's were significantly hotter. At least some of us remember from a historical perspective, that the dust bowl in the great plains and out west was just as hot and had much more severe drought conditions than anything wwe've seen today! ...this article is for weak minds!

    July 3, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Leroy

      Caused by people tearing of the land to get rich quick on farming, the last time Republicans were in office for too long.

      July 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul321

      However, more records were set in the last 10 years than in any other similar period in recorded history.

      July 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Larry

    Depends on where you are. In the Pacific Northwest for example we are experiencing a much cooler than avg summer.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    this is only the beginning . its not even Aug.yet the government and there experts say that by 2050 the polar ice caps with be gone. I for one don't believe it will take that long. i live in the country an i can see that the crops are suffering tremendous losses even with water lines in place how long do you think it will take the well water to dry up ? In about 5 years .the underground aquifers will dry up completely you need only to look at the dieing trees to know that something horrible is happening . it wont be long and the Midwest will be a desert and i live in Illinois. i couldnt even imagine whats going on in texas or other states that are going through similar heat. I have seen projections an the only get worst as time gos by . in two or three years the trees will all be dead an i assume that alot of people will die also from famine brought on but failing agriculture if there is a solution they better use it now before there isnt any thing left for are grandchildren. but death.

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