It’s not just the northeast that is bearing the brunt of one of the most brutal early summers on record. Record-breaking temperatures contributed to buckled roads, drought precautions, and sunburned necks across most of the country on Saturday, with the east and Midwest getting the worst of it. Temperatures in Washington, D.C. topped 102 degrees, and The Washington Post reported that the blistering heat caused a rash of new power outages. Large chunks of the east coast will see temperatures of 100 or higher today, which will be particularly problematic in the mid-Atlantic, where more than 10,000 remain without power more than a week after violent storms lashed the region. At least a dozen recent deaths have been pinned on the heat wave.
See photos of the hardest-hit areas. Plus, Dr. Kent Sepkowitz on the wrong ways to beat the heat.