Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Unrelenting Heat Wave Bakes Half of Nation; Toll Reaches 30

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Unrelenting Heat Wave Bakes Half of Nation; Toll Reaches 30

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PHILADELPHIA - Americans dipped into the water, went to the movies and rode the subway just to be in air conditioning Saturday for relief from unrelenting heat that has killed 30 people across half the country.

The heat sent thermometers over 100 degrees in several cities, including a record 105 in Washington and 104 in Indianapolis, buckled highways and derailed a Washington-area train even as another round of summer storms threatened.

If people ventured outside to do anything, they did it early. But even then, the heat was stifling.

"It was baking on the 18th green," said golfer Zeb Rogerson, who teed off at 6 a.m. at an Alexandria, Va., golf course but was sweltering by the end of his round.

The heat sent the temperature soaring in more than 20 states - to 105 in Louisville, Ky., 101 in Philadelphia, and 95 in New York; besides Washington, a record of 104 was set in Sioux Falls, S.D.,

At least 30 deaths were blamed on the heat, including nine in Maryland and 10 in Chicago, mostly among the elderly. …

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