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. Cesar

    It was so hot in NYC, that the Statue of Liberty changed into a bikini.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |

    MY Camaro's radiator blew up.. the new one cost 175$

    July 25, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Big D

    Texans may not be the best @ handling the ice in winter but 100 temps in summer we know. Why is it we always hear about so many heat related deaths out of Chicago every year ? (also notice how the weather reports rarely mention the deep south gettin scorched ? See ? We are experts @ handling the heat !!)

    July 25, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Big D-eal.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Man-Up

      Same thing happens when it gets cold or it snows in the east. We here in the Midwest seem to do alright, but heaven forbid it should happen on the east coast. Pu$$ies, I say.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It must be a sign related to the imminent Rapture.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. True Church believer

    This wont be the last time either its going to get worse were in the day of the Lord and He said he'd make it into a firey oven. Hot as a furnace. Its all Scripture.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      It's all nonsense, actually.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nick

    I blame terrorists

    July 25, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. NEAL

    This post may bother some people but it is the genuine honest truth. If you take a good sized fresh piece of doodoo and put it in your pocket before you go to work most people will stay away from you and leave you alone that day. It reall works ! I do it at least once a week.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. TIM

    You can also rub it on your face as a sunscreen if you go outside during the day. Plus doodoo is an awesome snack !

    July 25, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Thank you NEAL. I needed to laugh.
    Don't I know you from somewhere? Did you ever highjack me?

    July 25, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. fernace

    Hot as a "fernace" hey I'm there already & I'm also in Texas! This rapture "hot as a furnace" thing should be a piece of cake!!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Big Brain

    Quit crying about it. Buy a frozen pizza, some brats and throw them on the sidewalk and have a 'cookout'. That is what I do. Oh yea, don't forget the beer.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I hate beer.
    Water's fine.
    I'm inside, anyway: very cool here.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Little Brain

    You throw beer on the sidewalk too?

    July 25, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. finger

    For his dead homies

    July 25, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    I own a roofing co sure will be glad for some normal weather

    July 25, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
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