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July 6, 2010
Roasting under a hot summer sun
NEW YORK (AP) -- The East Coast roasted under an unrelenting sun Tuesday as record-setting temperatures soared past 100 from Virginia to Massachusetts, utility companies cranked up power to the limit to cool the sweating masses and railroad tracks were so hot commuter trains had to slow down. The temperature broke records for the day in New York, where it hit 103, and in Philadelphia, where it reached 102. It was also over 100 in cities from Richmond, Va., to Boston, and Providence, R.I., and Hartford, Conn., also set records. (28 images)

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A person cools off in spraying water from a fire hydrant in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. The East Coast broiled under an unforgiving sun Tuesday as the temperature soared above 100 degrees in several cities, utility companies cranked out power to cool the sweating masses and the unlucky sought any oasis they could find. AP / Matt Rourke

A child cools off in the East River during a visit to the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Monday, July 5, 2010, in New York. AP / Mary Altaffer

People cool off by splashing each other with water in a housing complex on July 6, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for parts of the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and parts of Michigan and Kentucky with temperatures in some areas predicted to reach 100 degrees. Getty Images / Ramin Talaie

Jadyn Olivia Gonce, 4, from the Bronx borough of New York, foreground, runs through the water as she and others play in a sprinkler at a playground in New York Tuesday July 6, 2010. AP / Tina Fineberg

Nancy Calex, right, and Zoraida Pena fan themselves as they wait in the heat for a bus Tuesday, July 6, 2010, in New York. AP / Tina Fineberg

A woman takes cover from the late morning sun along 72nd Street in New York, Tuesday, July 6, 2010, as the region entered another in a string of hot days and above normal temperatures. AP / Craig Ruttle

Several fans equipped with mist sprayers were put out on the sidewalk by the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp., to cool people who waited in line to enter the now famous Carlo's Bakery, Tuesday, July 6, 2010, in Hoboken, N.J. Several people were treated for heat exhaustion as temperatures hovered around 100 degrees. AP / Joe Epstein

A woman walks with an umbrella shading herself from the intense sun while walking through the campus at Brown University in Providence, R.I., Tuesday, July 6, 2010. Temperatures in the area pushed close to 100 degrees. AP / Charles Krupa

Vince Blackson, with the United Planning Organization a community action group, gives water to Michael Smith, who is lying in the shade in the hot weather in Washington Tuesday, July 6, 2010. AP / Alex Brandon

Kamal Kalkhoran, 8, far left, and his brother Kameal, 11, second from left, tread water as Greg Cooper, 12, dives into the Mystic River as Jonathan Cooper, 9, looks on from the Main Street dock in the Groton, Conn., village of Noank, on Monday, July 5, 2010. A string of hot days were expected this week, with temperatures en route to 100-plus degrees in some places. Temperatures reached into at least the 90s Monday from Maine to Texas, into the Southwest and Death Valley. The Day / Sean D. Elliot

Campers at the New London, Conn., Parks and Recreation day camp at Toby May Field react to getting hosed down to beat the heat Tuesday, July 6, 2010. The Day / Tim Cook

Ramses, a White African lion, licks his mate as they lay comfortably in the shade at the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, Mass., Tuesday July 6, 2010. With temperatures in the area pushing close to 100 degrees, the lions rested in a climate close to their species origin. AP / Charles Krupa

Roosevelt Price towels off before heading in to his job as a truck loader at Custom Engineering Co. (background) in Erie, Pa., Tuesday, July 6, 2010. Price walks about a mile to work each day. Erie Times-News / Christopher Millette

A person cools off in spraying water from a fire hydrant in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. AP / Matt Rourke

People rest in the shade of a building in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. AP / Matt Rourke

Children cool off in a fountain on the site of the Montreal International Jazz Festival Tuesday, July 6, 2010 in Montreal. The Canadian Press / Paul Chiasson

Brothers Mohammed, 10, left, and Yousef Othman, 3, try to cool off while playing in the water fountains at Dundas Square in Toronto Monday, July 5, 2010. The Canadian Press / Darren Calabrese

People try to cool off as they sit around the fountains at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden July 6, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Temperatures soared across the upper East Coast today with temperatures in the nation's capital reaching 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Getty Images / Win McNamee

From left, David Rose, 3, Kathryn Rose, 6, and Emma Rose, 5, from Hebron, N.Y., splash in the water at the fountain in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in Washington Tuesday, July 6, 2010, as a heat wave hit the East Coast. The National Archives is seen at rear. AP / Alex Brandon

An Asian elephant sprays water as it cools off at the National Zoo in Washington, Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

Kayla Bendell, 13, with cousin Austin Rago, 11, right, horse around in a pool at Nashville Shores Waterpark Monday, July 5, 2010 in Nashville, Tenn. The Tennessean / Dipti Vaidya

A cyclist rides along Belle Island near downtown Richmond, Va., Tuesday, July 6, 2010. Temperatures soared toward 100 degrees or more Tuesday along much of the East Coast. AP / Steve Helber

Construction workers toil under the sun in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, July 6, 2010. AP / Chuck Burton

Ryan White, 10, of Richmond, takes a plunge on a rope swing on Belle Island near downtown Richmond, Va., Tuesday, July 6, 2010. AP / Steve Helber

A child get some relief from the heat by playing in a gigantic lake of mud at the annual Mud Day event July 6, 2010 in Westland, Mich. The lake was created by mixing approximately 20,000 gallons of water with 200 tons of topsoil. The event, which is sponsored by the Wayne County Parks Department, draws about 1,000 children each year. Getty Images / Bill Pugliano

Elizabeth Christman, left, and her sister Emily lay on the ledge of a fountain on the campus of Butler University after they cooled off in the water as temperatures approached 95F (35C) degrees in Indianapolis, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. AP / Michael Conroy

Ervin Holmes plays with his daughter Kymyrea Unik Holmes, 1, in the lake at Paul B. Johnson State Park, on Monday, July 5, 2010, near Hattiesburg, Miss. Hattiesburg American / Matt Bush

Brenda McMillian from Port Orange, Fla., cools off in a water mister at the National Zoo in Washington, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. AP / Charles Dharapak

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