More heat to sizzle central United States
Baltimore residents play in a fountain on Friday.
July 25th, 2011
08:46 AM ET

More heat to sizzle central United States

The triple-digit heat wave that unrelentingly baked much of the eastern United States last week began to cool off over the weekend, but temperatures will remain sweltering Monday from Texas to Missouri.

Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories are in effect for much of the central U.S. and Ohio Valley as well as the eastern Carolinas, the National Weather Service is reporting. Heat indexes for those areas will be between 110 and 115 degrees, the service says.

Records were set or tied in 41 cities and towns from North Carolina to Maine over the weekend, said. All-time highs on Saturday were posted in Newark, New Jersey, where temperatures reached 108; Reading, Pennsylvania, where it was 106; and Philadelphia, where temperatures got up to 103.

Life went on - it was just  much sweatier than usual in most heat-struck cities. Many people chose to hit the beach or turn on street hydrants for relief. Many stayed inside and cranked air conditioners to the max. New York had record high temperatures, which were forecast to be lower on Monday. In Saratoga, New York, the weather didn't dampen the celebrated annual horse race Friday, the New York Daily News reported, but water was constantly turned on the horses and they were given buckets of ice.

On Monday, there was much concern about how the heat would affect horses and other livestock across the nation.  CNN affiliate KOCO reported that drought had caused a shortage of hay to feed horses in Oklahoma.

Cities that issued warnings to the elderly, infirm and others likely to be harmed by extreme heat are likely to do the same on Monday.

The heat-related death toll in the Chicago area has risen to 12, WLS Radio reported. Nationally, the death toll hovered at the start of this week at more than 20, the National Weather Service reported.

For tips on how to deal with the heat, the Centers for Disease Control has a web page devoted to hot temps.

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  1. Beddy0524

    I'm in North Texas and it's hot...just like most of the country. Can we just do the right thing....? Check on our elderly neighbors, our ill neighbors, and those with no A/C? We're all in the same boat...row or learn to swim!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sheri

    Its hot here in KY i bought a swimming pool for my dogs an the neighborhood strays an ask the elderly if they have AC the heat is getting to every one if you see some one working outside give em water

    July 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loriel

      Good for you about the kiddie pool for stray dogs. So many do not think about not only stray dogs; but dogs people keep chained up in yards and do not regularly feed and water. I keep an eye on a couple and regularly give them water and food.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mutt9999

    It's nice and cool here (around 80) compared to there it's like the arctic here. I feel for you guys back east because it gets like that here too (ca) sometimes and it SUX. Try to stay cool, look out for each other, drink plenty of water.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. s kel

    humbld u bit*h ,u wanna get bit*h slapped?

    July 26, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • humble horrace wanna give it a try? Just you, not you and a tribe of your ooga booga primitives.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. daniel

    its too damn hot in kansas

    July 26, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Neil

    What's all this sweltering heat I keep hearing about? It's been 72, sunny and breezy the last two weeks by my apartment near the beach in California :-)!! Anyways...try to stay cool everyone. A great time to hit the movie theater...or mall!!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • whodacares

      Yes, but the trade off is that you have to live in California and one day you're going to break off and float away.

      July 26, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. roye

    Its misery in Missouri. A/C bills are insane.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. JehseaLynn

    I saw a hydrant BEGGING a DOG for a little relief the other day, and I'm in beautiful Colorado where we usually don't have these extremes.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Eddie

    hate to burst your smug bubble californians, but although it can get hot out there you never get the 100s AND the 100% humidity much of the rest of us got.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Teddybear

    I feel bad for you folks in the heat. Prayers go out to you and your families.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. somefly

    When winter comes, you'll hear news complaining about it being too cold. Publicity has blown it out of proportion. 20 years ago it got to 120 degrees in some areas and I dont remember it being such a big deal.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • whodacares

      I'm pretty sure there are also articles when the temperatures drop significantly below freezing in the US, and when there's a blizzard or something, you know, like that.

      July 26, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. s kel

    humble , just more ignorant white trash!

    July 26, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • humble horrace

      Dont worry s kel. We gonna take care of them jiggie-boos with 3 hots and a cot. Just a matter of time my friend...a matter of time.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
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