Record Heat Blankets Mid-Atlantic

July 6, 2010

A real summer sizzle is washing over parts of the United States.

Temperatures inched into at least the 90s from Maine to Texas and into the Southwest over the long holiday weekend. Now the mid-Atlantic is embarking on a string of intensely hot days.

Meteorologists say temperatures could reach as high as 102 degrees in some areas Tuesday.

In Philadelphia, Peco spokeswoman Karen Muldoon Geus says the heat is putting increased load on the power company's systems, blowing fuses at transformers.

About 1,900 customers were without power Tuesday morning, down from about 8,000 Monday.

In the Washington, D.C. area, temperatures are up and the National Weather Service says it's going to stay that way.

A heat advisory is in effect around Washington and Baltimore from noon Tuesday to 11 p.m. Wednesday. Temperatures in the area are expected to reach 100 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. When combined with humidity, the heat index could reach 105. Even at night, temperatures won't dip below 80.

On Monday, the weather service reported 98-degree temperatures at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Reagan National Airport.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is forecasting that air quality through Thursday will be unhealthy for sensitive groups, including the elderly.

Temperatures in the mid-90s have been blamed for the death of a homeless woman in a suburban Detroit parking lot.


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