Heat loosens its grip on half of the US only slightly; temps in many cities still in the 90s


Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 8 at 3:32 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Forecasters say temperatures should be cooling in the vast section of the country that's been under a heat wave, but that still means temperatures in the 90s.

Yesterday, cities from the Midwest to the East Coast registered highs above 100 degrees.

And the heat is being blamed for at least 35 deaths.

In suburban Indianapolis, a 4-month-old girl died and a 16-month-old was hospitalized in separate incidents. Both children were found trapped in cars during near-record 105-degree heat. Deaths have also been reported in Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

The heat also is doing damage to infrastructure, buckling highways and causing rail lines to kink.

Thunderstorms are expected to usher in cooler temperatures in many areas. But in New Jersey last night, a line of strong, fast-moving storms knocked out power to nearly 70,000.

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195-a-12-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"see a break"-National Weather Service forecaster Bruce Terry says relief is coming Sunday and Monday because a cold front is pushing through the Midwest. (7 Jul 2012)

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155-w-33-(Ed Donahue, AP correspondent, with runner Anne Caprara and DC area resident Larry Rockwell)--A heat wave that has covered cities like Washington, D.C. is starting to wind down. The AP's Ed Donahue reports. (8 Jul 2012)

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145-a-11-(Anne Caprara (CAH'-pray-rah), runner on the National Mall, in AP interview)-"plants are dead"-Runner Anne Caprara says there have been no storms and rain recently to provide a brief break from the heat. (8 Jul 2012)

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147-a-10-(Larry Rockwell, Washington area resident at the Folk Life Festival on the National Mall, in AP interview)-"complaining about it"-Larry Rockwell says this kind of heat really shouldn't surprise anyone. (8 Jul 2012)

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146-a-07-(Anne Caprara (CAH'-pray-rah), runner on the National Mall, in AP interview)-"don't pass out (laugh)"-Runner Anne Caprara says the heat can provide a chance for bonding among runners. (8 Jul 2012)

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134-a-07-(Anne Caprara (CAH'-pray-rah), runner on the National Mall, in AP interview)-"destroyed right now (laugh)"-Runner Anne Caprara says the heat is slowing her down. (8 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO NJME102: Kevin Sanabria, 10, plays in a small waterfall in Trenton, N.J., Saturday, July, 7, 2012. People were coping as temperatures in the region climbed into the high 90s. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (7 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO INANH202: Daniel Lindenlaub, 11, from Osceola, Ind., aims a stream of water at his cousin Forest Adams during a water gun fight while camping at Mounds State Park, Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Anderson, Ind. Temperatures in parts of Indiana reached over 100 degrees on Saturday. (AP Photo/The Herald-Bulletin, Don Knight) (7 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO CAMOD101: Stanislaus Consolidated firefighter Peter Quinones cools off during a fire, Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the 200 block of North Harding Road in Waterford, Calif. Temperatures reached near 100 degrees in the daytime. (AP Photo/The Modesto Bee, Tracy Barbutes) NO SALES; MAGS OUT; TV OUT (7 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO ILRG101: This photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society shows Hudson, a polar bear at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill., enjoysing a swim after jumping into his pool Saturday, July 7, 2012, as a heat wave continues throughout the Midwest. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz) (7 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO NYCR103: Lillian Mariscalo of Oyster Bay, N.Y. cools off in the waters of an Oyster Bay beach on Long Island's North shore Saturday, July 7, 2012. The heat gripping much of the country was set to peak Saturday in several places, with temperatures of more than 100 degrees expected in Philadelphia, excessive heat warnings in the Midwest and ongoing power outages of more than a week in the mid-Atlantic. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (7 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO DCJM101: De-Ashia Buchanan, 7, of Washington, leans back in a inflated pool during the seventh annual block party on Newton Street in northwest Washington, during record heat with temperatures in the triple digits, on Saturday, July 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (7 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO WIWES101: In this Friday, July 6, 2012, photo, Hunter Guenther, 7, closes his eyes while laying down at the beach in Regner Park in West Bend, Wis. Temperatures reached into the 100s on Friday. (AP Photo/The Daily News, John Ehlke) (6 Jul 2012)

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