July 17, 2013

Stifling heat blankets most of the nation

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Forecasters warned of potentially dangerous temperatures from Minnesota to Massachusetts, as the nation's largest heat wave of the summer stretched out and stagnated, with relief in many places still days away.

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A man cools off on the shore of Castle Island in the South Boston neighborhood Wednesday. Temperatures in the Boston area reached the 90s, extending a heat wave.

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The National Weather Service says most states in the U.S. were expected to have some areas where the temperature would hit 90 degrees or more on Wednesday. Humid air made things feel worse, with heat indexes in some places over 100.

In New York City, sidewalk food vendor Ahmad Qayumi said the space inside his steel cart got so hot, he had to turn off his grill because he couldn't breathe.

Amid the heat, officials in Maryland worked to keep a failing pipe from cutting off water to hundreds of thousands of people, just when they needed it most.

 

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