Sunday, July 24, 2011

East Coast sees slight relief from dangerous heat wave

A boy cools off at the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago The powerful heat and humidity that plagued the eastern half of the United States for days started to fade on Sunday, to the relief of many sweltering residents, forecasters said.
Temperatures in Washington, New York and elsewhere along the East Coast hovered in the 90s, down from the triple-digits on Friday and Saturday.
Records were set on Friday in Newark, N.J. at 108 degrees and in Dulles, Va. at 105 degrees.
Justin Morgan dives for a football as he tries to keep cool in the water at North Avenue Beach in ChicagoAt its peak, the heat wave put some 132 million people under a heat alert and was blamed for as many as 34 deaths, according to the National Weather Service.
"The huge area of high pressure at most levels of the atmosphere responsible for the dangerous, record-setting heat in multiple states is backing out of the northeastern U.S. and neighboring Canada,"'s senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
A heat alert remained in effect until evening as well as a Code Orange air quality alert, meaning that air pollution concentrations may be unhealthy for children, elderly people or people in poor health.Read more...

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