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  • The Heat Is On

    People in summer wear walk up and down the stairs to the High Line park during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New york City.
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  • The Heat Is On

    Ten-year-old Lilly Hwang-Geddes (L) of Ithaca, New York, plays in a fountain at the Yards Park July 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. A record heat wave has been in the area for more than a week.
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  • The Heat Is On

    A honeybee takes a drink from a fountain on the campus of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., on Sunday, July 1, 2012.
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  • The Heat Is On

    A sun bear reacts to triple-digit temperatures at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., Friday, July 6, 2012. The temperature reached 103 degrees Fahrenheit.
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  • The Heat Is On

    A dock extends into a dry cove at Morse Reservoir in Noblesville, Ind., Thursday, July 5, 2012. The reservoir is down 3.5 feet from normal levels. Oppressive heat is slamming the middle of the country with record temperatures that aren't going away after the sun goes down. Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees in Central Indiana.
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  • The Heat Is On

    Lindsey Cote and her son Dylan Cote stand beside a giant fan during a hot Sunday, July 1, 2012, as temperatures rose over 100 degrees for the third day in a row, inside Fullsteam for the "Fullsteam's Olde Timey Funday", in Durham N.C.
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  • The Heat Is On

    Maureen Pauly-Hubbard of Madison, Wisc., a Green Iowa AmeriCorps member, cools off in front of a misting fan before the Freedom Festival fireworks on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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  • The Heat Is On

    Alivia Lovejoy, 8, right, and Mikayla Jones, 8, play in the water to cool off on Thursday, July 5, 2012 in LaPorte, Ind.
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  • The Heat Is On

    A polar bear named Coldilocks sticks out her tongue to feel at the cold sprinkling water at the Philadelphia Zoo on Friday, July 6, 2012, in Philadelphia.
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  • The Heat Is On: Summer Starts With Scorcher

    A boy sprays another with water at Como Zoo where temperatures were in the 90s in St. Paul, Minn., July 2, 2012.
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  • The Heat Is On: Summer Starts With Scorcher

    Amanda Jacobs hangs from a rope swing while diving into a quarry lake at the Beaver Dam Swimming Club in in Cockeysville, Md., July 2, 2012.
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  • The Heat Is On: Summer Starts With Scorcher

    A young girls runs through a sprinkler set up for visitors to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, July 2, 2012.
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  • The Heat Is On: Summer Starts With Scorcher

    Beach goers crowd the surf near the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, Calif., July 2, 2012.
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  • Summer Starts With a Scorcher

    Alexa Vallejo picks up Alexavier Johnson and spins him in circles under the water being propelled out of a fire hydrant in Kalamazoo, Mich.
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  • Summer Starts With a Scorcher

    Children run though water as the fountains are turned on at Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, D.C., June 20, 2012. Temperatures across the Northeast were expected to approach triple digits.
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  • Summer Starts With a Scorcher

    A park attendee cools off at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, June 20, 2012, in Vallejo, Calif. Temperatures in the San Francisco Bay Area ranged from the mid-70s by the coast to the mid-90s inland.
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  • Summer Starts With a Scorcher

    Solaris Arias, 4, of Providence, R.I., jumps through water spraying from an open fire hydrant in Providence, June 20, 2012. Much of the state remained under a heat advisory because of the steamy air mass that moved into the region, resulting in temperatures in the 90s.
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  • Summer Starts With a Scorcher

    Friends attempt to beat the heat by tubing down the Pequea Creek from Sickmans Mill, south of Lancaster, Pa., June 20, 2012.
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  • Summer Starts With a Scorcher

    Mercklin Dewitt, 12, flips off the diving board at the Southside Sports Complex in Anderson, Ind., June 20, 2012.
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  • Summer Starts With a Scorcher

    A Bengal tiger named Akasha dives into the water after a piece of meat at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, June 20, 2012 in Vallejo, Calif. On the first day of summer, temperatures in the San Francisco Bay Area ranged from the mid-70s by the coast to the mid-90s inland.
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  • Summer starts with record heat.

    Kids play and swim in a makeshift pool on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Philadelphia. Temperatures climbed toward the high 90s along the Eastern Seaboard starting off an unusually hot summer.
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  • Summer starts with record heat.

    From top Aney Rodriguez, 9; her sister Nena, 7; and friend Mariely Rodriguez, 8, lie on the fountains at Georgetown Waterfront Park, in Washington, D.C., June 20, 2012, in an attempt to escape the heat. Temperatures across the Northeast were expected to approach the triple digits.
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  • Summer starts with record heat.

    Nicholas McGrath, 3, of Arizona, leaps through a fountain in New York, June 20, 2012. The National Weather Service warned of potentially record-breaking temperatures in much of the country.
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  • Summer starts with record heat.

    Thousands of yoga enthusiasts gathered in New York's Times Square to mark the summer solstice June 20, 2012. Temperatures were expected to near 100 degrees in the Big Apple.
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  • Summer starts with record heat.

    Yoga practitioners gather to welcome the summer solstice in New York's Times Square June 20, 2012. This summer, record-breaking temperatures are expected across the United States.
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  • Summer starts with record heat.

    Yoga enthusiasts greet the summer solstice with a stretch in New York's Times Square June 20, 2012. Temperatures were expected to reach record highs across the country.
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  • Summer starts with record heat.

    A woman finds relief from the heat in the sprinklers at Dundas Square in Toronto June 19, 2012. Even the U.S. neighbor to the north couldn't escape the scorcher. Canada issued a heat alert for the next few day in southern Ontario and Toronto.
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