Temperatures across US cool slightly but still hot

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Associated Press

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 9 at 9:08 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Many folks who've been baking in the heat wave that's blanketed much of the U.S. will be getting a break this week.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will be dropping to a more normal range from the Midwest to the East Coast, thanks to thunderstorms and showers.

But that doesn't mean cool temperatures, just not as hot.

Forecasters say temperatures in the Midwest are expected to be in the 80s, and in the Southeast and Tennessee Valley, in the low 90s.

The cooler air began sweeping southward, bringing down some temperatures by 15 or more degrees from Saturday's highs, which topped 100 in Philadelphia, Washington, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Ky. and other cities.

The heat wave has been blamed for at least 46 deaths across the country.

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