Worst Heat Wave of 2013 Hits Northeast

Residents from Maine to Ohio are bracing for scorching temperatures.
1:52 | 07/16/13

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And sam champion is starting us off with the heat warnings and advisories for so much of the country right now. It's not just how high the temperatures are. But how many days the temperatures have been so high. That's the important part, elizabeth. How long the heat will last. I don't think people realize what you just said. It's not august that's statistically the hottest time of the year. It's right now. The fact that we're going to threaten records in hartford, and providence, just one or two degrees off the record today. But this stretch of heat will last for five, six, seven and in some cases longer days. That's going to be the real issue for a lot of folks trying to keep cool. From maine to minnesota, blistering heat affecting almost half the country. You ever been close to death? It's about two steps closer. Reporter: After the hottest day of the year in new york city yesterday, heat advisories and warnings have been issued in the northeast. And it's only going to get worse, as the warm temperatures now move west. It's so hot, our nation's capital has issued a heat advisories a the heat index hits 100 degrees. And thousands in the metro d.C. Area will be without water for several days during this extreme heat, thanks to a water main fail in suburban maryland. New york is seeing its longest stretch of heat in more than a decade. Just in time for one of baseball's biggest events, the all-star game. Prompting a warning from mayor michael bloomberg. There's about 425 cooling centers that we have open around the city for those needing relief from the heat. Reporter: In one new york town, a store owner got creative with this homemade air conditioning. Shirley scott tweeted this picture, writing when the pool water is this hot, you know it's hot outside. That says 90 degrees. And look at this. In philly, the scorching son melting chocolate and liquefying crayons.

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