A woman holds a child in the air while playing in the pool at the Hamilton Fish Recreation Center, in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York July 7, 2012. The National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings for cities including Washington, D.C., where temperatures reached 103 Fahrenheit (39 Celsius) by 1 p.m., New York City and Philadelphia, where temperatures could also hit triple digits. (Photo : REUTERS/Andrew Burton)
Cities including New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. saw thermometers at higher-than-normal levels as the unrelenting heat wave - already making a reputation for itself - has baked the East Coast for several days now.
D.C. on its hand reached an unfathomable 105°F, one degree shy of the hottest ever recorded in the district, 106°F, back in 1930.
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The radiating heat at the nation's capital reached a 100°F by noon and continued its way up to 105°F by 4:18 p.m. By 5 p.m., the temperature remained at 105°F but reports from the Washington Post informed that the heat had reached the record-high of 106°F but was not counted since it lasted less than three minutes.
Temperatures higher than 95°F have averaged for a week and a half now but the good news is that better weather is forecasted for Monday as weather predictions estimate that the temperature will reach a high of 84°F and a low of 73°F. Sunday's weather is expected to be extreme at a high of 99°F and a low of 75°F
In New York City, the heat arrived to a high of 99°F on Saturday, recorded at approximately 2:05 p.m., according to the Weather Channel. Better weather is expected for Sunday (high - 90°F, low - 70°F) but the true relief will come on Monday as the temperature is expected to fall to a high of 82°F and a low of 69°F.
Philadelphia reached an above-than-normal 101°F on Saturday and wasn't able to avoid the heat's grip on the region. Sunday's forecast include a high of 97°F and a low of 79°F.
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. since the heat wave began.
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)
Washington D.C. (105°F)
Oklahoma City (102°F)
New York 99°F
Los Angeles 86°F
Barack Obama Suffers the Heat Too
President Obama also suffered from the week's high temperatures as he visited Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 6.
Obama was attending a campaign event at the university which is part of a two-day bus tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania. The unbearable climate reached 100°F and was apparently too hot for the President who was seen wiping his sweat throughout the meeting.