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June 9, 2011
Heat gripping half of US expected to last for days

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sweltering temperatures across half the country have people doing what they can to stay cool, and some of them will need to keep doing it for the rest of the week. Some schools in the Northeast planned to close early for a second day Thursday so students would not have to suffer in buildings with no air conditioning. Others canceled classes altogether. The six-to-10-day outlook from the federal Climate Prediction Center calls for continued above-average readings centered on the mid-South, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and extending as far as the Great Lakes and New York and New Jersey. (24 images)

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Ron Krajewski of San Diego, Calif., pushes his son on a stroller Ron Krajewski Jr. through a water sprinkler to cool off from the simmering heat at the National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta


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Allie Marsinko, 5, of Connellsville Pa., cools off from the simmering heat running through a water sprinkler at the National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta



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Nikki Haven, 19, of Potomac, Md., and Emily Slaga, 19, of Ann Arbor, Mich., brave one-hundred degree weather by the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Jacquelyn Martin



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First dog Bo enjoys a nap in a shady spot on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Carolyn Kaster



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Damien Sheffield, 2, plays in a water fountain in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Alex Brandon



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Lightning and a forming rainbow are seen over the state agency buildings at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, N.Y., on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Mike Groll



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Riders get splashed as a boat hits the water at Shipwreck Falls amusement ride on a hot sunny day at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort in Darien Center, N.Y., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / David Duprey



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Carlos Andio, left and Sebastian Figueroa, right, both 13, try to study in their non-air conditioned 7th-grade classroom at the Thomas J. McDonough elementary school in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday morning July 8, 2011. Temperatures in Hartford Wednesday ranged in the low to mid-90's. AP / Pat Eaton-Robb



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Noah DeLaCruz of Hartford cools off in a fountain in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Jessica Hill



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Rosalinda Salcedo tends to roses in Elizabeth Park in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Jessica Hill



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Gilles Werle, visiting from Strasbourg, France, cools off in a fountain along the Hudson River Greenway, Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in New York. AP / Jason DeCrow



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People smile as they walk past Lisa Tobin dressed as a lemon in the hot sun, as she sells lemonade on Broad Street, in Philadelphia, Pa., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Mel Evans



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John Eyre, 12, finds a patch of shade to cool down in while he and a team of missionaries from Houston, do some roofing work on a home in Memphis, Tenn. on Monday, June 6, 2011. Over 200 missionaries began work on service projects all over the Binghampton community in Memphis as part of the SOS (Service Over Self) summer clean-up program aimed at sprucing up underprivileged neighborhoods. The Commercial Appeal / Jim Weber



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Blaine Schroeder, 8, of Pack 562, slides face first into a pool of water during the Cub Scouts of America Day Camp held at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas, on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. "How to Train a Knight," day camp is one of many summer events held by the Cub Scouts in Central Texas and this one hosted 320 area Cub Scouts from Tuesday through Friday. Austin American-Statesman / Rodolfo Gonzalez



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Construction worker Rafael Rodriguez pours water on his face on Sunday, June 5, 2011, while taking a break from working on the Metro Rail project in Houston, Texas. The Houston Chronicle / Mayra Beltran



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Mia Fernandez,4, giggles while tickled by Monica Mujica,18, as they cool off as Monday's temperatures reached the low 100's on Monday, June 6, 2011, in Houston, Texas. The Houston Chronicle / Mayra Beltran



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Adrian Padilla, left, with his sons Joe, center, and Mike, right, throws out his net on Falcon Lake, Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in Zapata, Texas. AP / Eric Gay



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Two kite boarders pass each other on a hot and windy day In Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Sue Ogrocki



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Lightning strikes over Dick Howser Stadium during a weather delay in Florida State's game against Alabama in the Tallahassee Regional NCAA Baseball Championship in Tallahassee, Florida, Sunday June 5, 2011. Orlando Sentinel / Gary W. Green



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Calhoun County Sheriff's Department deputies and an official from the Michigan Department of Transportation block traffic Wednesday afternoon where a section of southbound I-69 buckled shoulder to shoulder just north of I-94 on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Authorities said the hot weather caused the pavement to buckle, forcing a portion of southbound I-69 near Marshall to close for a few hours. The Enquirer / Justin A. Hinkley



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A woman rests during hot weather at Montrose beach in Chicago, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Nam Y. Huh



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Rafael Muhletaler, 2, of Detroit, plays at a fountain along River Walk in Detroit, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Paul Sancya



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Lightning strikes as funnel clouds forms north of Billings, Mont. on Monday, June 6, 2011. There were no reports of a funnel cloud touching down on land in the area. Billings Gazette / Paul Ruhter



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Former Seattle Pacific University gymnast Heather Garcia, 23, practices on a log at Seattle's Golden Gardens Park as temperatures climb into the mid 70s on Sunday, June 5, 2011. Seattle saw some of the highest temperatures of 2011 over the weekend. seattlepi.com / Joshua Trujillo



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