In the midst of a heat wave, U.S. President Barack Obama wipes perspiration from his face as he greets supporters at a campaign event at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania July 6, 2012. Obama is on a two-day campaign bus tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Photo : REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
The heat wave, currently scorching the U.S., has claimed the lives of dozens of people across the U.S.
The Weather Channel reports that at least 46 deaths were related to the high temperatures while the Associated Press claims that at least 30 people were killed across half of the U.S.
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At least 9 people in Virginia, 9 in Maryland, and 6 in Illinois fell victim to the wave with some of those victims, elderly patients, further victimized by the power outages that have struck the region.
There are at least 500,000 people that still remain without power while the heat is expected to continue to rise.
The heat wave initiated approximately two weeks ago and since then, various states have seen their thermometers rise to record numbers.
Colorado, for instance, recorded temperatures matching its highest ever recorded while thermometers in Kansas read an unfathomable 113°F (45°C).
According to Accuweather.com the city of Galveston in Texas had to greet the morning under 100°F (38°C) temperatures.
Although proceeding to confirm, a 115°F (46.1°C) temperature recorded on June 26, in Kansas may be the hottest temperature yet to be recorded in this summer.
On Saturday, several cities recorded temperatures in the triple digits as was the case of:
St. Louis (106°F)
Las Vegas (106°F)
Oklahoma City (102°F)
Washington D.C. (102°F)
New York 95°F
Los Angeles 86°F
Temperatures in eastern U.S. are expected to rise above 100 degrees and taking precautions is highly advised since homes and other facilities may be without air conditioning.
Public cooling locations such as public libraries, cooling shelters and other public facilities are advised for usage during the severe heat.