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. Man-Up

    These are the same people who complain about the cold as well. I live in Wisconsin and I for one am quite pleased to see that global warming has finally reached us. It's about damn time. Now get outside and enjoy it because it won't last.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Carawaigh

      You're right, it won't. It will continue to get worse. How'd you like your unseasonably cold spring? Great, huh? Want another? How about longer winters to go with those hotter summers? What are you going to feed those prize dairy cows with when all your grass is scorched to the roots? All part of global climate change, my friend.

      July 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. delly

    rapture will happen for all the ignorent people.all factors are in place now.complain all you want,fess up your wrongs then kiss your sorry ass goodby.heat is letting you warm up to the truth lol(:)

    July 25, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Chazbo

      There is no god; there is no heaven, there is no hell; there is only your life; you were nothing before and you will soon be nothing again and in your case you are nothing now.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzz

    did't want this, please answear... I cant deal with this at work.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh my

      @ Jaz LOL some one getting dumped?

      July 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jimmy

    Itll be ok Jazz. Maybe get a good lunch and youll feel better. I ordered take out chineese again. Its cheap and taste pretty good.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |

    it's hot cause we legalized gay marrage,, now we are close to he!! than ever...

    July 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Nutt.....your name suits you.

      July 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Senor Ed

    I blame Bush

    July 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |

    it was regan fault first....

    July 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Senor Ed

    It's all Obama's fault.

    July 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*kadaj

      It cant be Obamas fault. If you want to blame someone for the heat, blame Bush or warming.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |

    @ed... obama is a liar also... where is our jobs at?

    July 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      Your job is waiting for you to pass a basic grammar test ...

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

    humble horsecrap your gonna die fool , and ill be spiting on your redneck grave, oh it wont be me ,but it will happen

    July 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • humble horrace

      Up yaws!! Im just surprised they aint eatin watermelons too.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    ruff ask your tea party trash you elected, you dumb bas-ard.

    July 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • humble horrace

      You KNOW u eat ObaManure.

      July 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. woah

    you people are a bunch of redneck idiots, it has nothing to do with gays, blacks, or politics. It's not appropriate to post things like that on something totally public, and serious. get educated, learn how to spell, and please learn to put your opinion elsewhere.

    July 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. d m r

    god is imaginary dot com

    check it out

    July 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. woah

    I can complain, I'm in St.Louis, not used to it being over 100 degrees everyday. It's miserable.

    July 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joann

    Sir:We,do not know the TRUE CHURCH.Only,GOD knows,for sure.Yes!It, is hotter,then H~ everywhere around the U.S.A.Drink,plenty of water,and stay indoors. JoAnn Bartholomew

    July 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carawaigh

      Try the Kool-Aid while you're at it.

      July 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
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