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. BOMBO ©

    Someone order that troll a pizza so he can get off the computer, fill his face, hug his teddy bear and fall asleep.

    June 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    Pizza is a winter thing anyway. Barbeque for the summer.

    June 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You never had grilled pizza?
      Weird, I know, but good...

      July 1, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Robert

    I LOVE pepperoni pizza – but it should have pineapple too so you get a bit of sweet and hot at the same time. Also, when you cook a pizza, put it in the fridge and leave for a few hours - then reheat it and it's even better than before!

    June 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CenTexan©

    Hey banasy.....you still up?

    June 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Not anymore, sweetie...I've developed a sleep-blogging habit.
      Now I'm awake, so I'm going to bed.
      Hope I catch you here again soon, CenTexan©.
      Good Night.

      July 1, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |

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

    July 1, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chris SoBe

    No mention of global climate change. The meteorologists on TV and the big media will continue to skim over it like it's not a reality because they are all owned by large corporations that want to control the dialogue.

    July 1, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Kato Kaelin's Revenge

      Dude, it's not the 90's anymore. Global Warming is out. Lame.

      July 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fried Pink Tomahtoes

    I do note that the global warming prattling classes have been quieter than usual. First the South (and who knows how many other areas) have a significantly warmer than normal winter, and now this.

    Global warming? What global warming! It's a local phenomenon (ignoring the fact that there are no realistic definitions of 'local' that encompass the area that excludes only the three states that border the Pacific Ocean).

    July 1, 2012 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
    • earthshoes44

      The phrase is "climate change" and it's local only if you are referring to the entire planet. There is no debating the fact that it actually exists. The debate is whether or not human activity contributed to it.

      July 1, 2012 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
    • cwade

      Does anyone remember the skies over san diego before hybrid and electric cars? Yes volcanoes produce large amounts of carbon emissions as do melting ice caps, but one cannot deny that humans also have a hand in contributing to the increased CO2 levels. Sitting behind a semi you can watch the cloud pour out of it's exhausts. Are people really so in denial as to think that has no effect? Take one truck and it's no biggie, but take all the trucks in the world and there is an effect to the cause. Also, look up/google a rolling stones article on clean coal technology. It's viable, but costly so most plants pay a pollution fine as that is cheaper than reconstructing the plant. The tech. for clean coal is also not fully understood or complete where other renewable and clean resource techs are understood and ready for use. We just have to understand there will be withdrawals from coming off of oil but know in the end it is worth it for us, our planet, and our children.

      July 1, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Global warming via humans is a myth. Look at the facts. The earths climate is not static. It fluxs based on many things. Germans are harming or environment, but the methane produced but cow feed lots are far more harmful then car exhaust. Also we had the small ice age 500 years ago, this is the opposite. If you look a geologic history, temps are looser not then 90% of years ever. But humans only think about the few centuries we have been around and counting. Also many companies that are for regulating carbon are making tons of money like that slime al gore

      July 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Germans – humans, dumb auto correct

      July 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Well, it looks like the regulars were up late again last night/this AM.
    We've got the place to ourselves, @Joey Isotta-Frachini. 🙂
    Hope you are here this morning to discuss global warming being natural, with slower pan-evap rates being manmade. (water evaporating slower and slower each decade since the Industrial revolution. Evaporating water being the engine that drives weather change, NOT climate change)

    July 1, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Global warming is every bit as natural as the hole in our ozone layer. Without this hole, we wouldn't be able to survive.
    I recall back in the 1970s when our government was trying to blame us for making this hole just like they try to blame us for global warming today. Come to find out, that hole has been there for ages, burned through our atmosphere by one giant volcano in Antarctica. (Why aussies get more sunburn than US) And they never apologized for fooling US! (Yous US, rather. It didn't fool me, and I was in HS! he he)

    July 1, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Agreed plillip, they also don't mention that climate scientists have been caught red handed altering data, and removing data from censors that don't give the data they want to see. Could the heat be due to the fact or solar system is getting closer to three galactic center? We humans just don'tknow enough to say what is causing it.

      July 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Portland tony

    Playing a blame game with causes for changes in weather patterns is really kinda inane. It's like being trapped in a burning building and wondering who started the fire? The changes in weather patterns that are happening are real and are going to be a longtime hardship for all living things. Some will adapt while others will perish. Let's hope mankind has the wisdom to survive!

    July 1, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |

    I like the thread of thought that some will adapt; because I see very little adaptation on an individual level but massive amounts being done by a very small cadre of earths leadership and their elites.
    The Mainly white establishment is making sure "It survives" with many proojects such as a northern Scandinavian mountain hollowed out for a worlwide seed depository, but that is for the survivors, not lessers.
    Even the Bush family has bought a masdive retreat in Paraquay, complete with its own peasantry, and for a large fee to worlds lsrgest mercenary force vome any danger and they will be taken to their prefered and supposedly secure hideaways.
    Mesnwhile we adapt by drinking cold beverages, wearing less clothing and turning up the air conditioning. and expecting your government will provide the means for you to Adapt.

    July 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. s kel

    God gave permission for the deamons to walk the earth. Heat follows them.

    July 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |

    @s kel:
    Well I am sure glad that they were not hiking in the Pacific Northwest, then again fire and rain are not very compatible

    July 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    I'll survive; I'm tenacious enough to.
    I'll make sure my family survives; I love them.
    There are many things I have no control over; these things I cannot worry about, for if I worried about all the things I cannot change, I would render myself unfit to care for my family and myself and make sure that we survive.
    I care far more for my family than an abstract problem I cannot solve.

    July 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Syzzle

    For the record, atmospheric CO2 crossed the 400M parts per threshold this year and the rate of increase is actually accelerating. We are on track to cross the 500M barrier in 20 years and 600M by 2050. That's math plus hard data not bind faith. The last time there was this much carbon in the atmosphere was about 30 million years where the 'average' global temperature was 10C or about 22F higher than today. There has never ever been the rapid a build up like this in the geological data. Changes like this have occurred over periods of millions or tens of thousands of years – not decades. We are teraforming our planet with zero understanding of what we are doing. The weird weather is a by product of rapid uncontrolled climate change. Chances are the mid and south west west and most of the south will be unfit for human habitation by mid-century with a Sahara desert-like conditions. Temperatures will routinely spike to 125-130F for months at a time with virtually no rain. Think Australian outback and Iraq with summer temperatures going off the charts...

    July 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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