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Heat wave hits U.S. Northeast

2010-07-07 05:41:08 GMT2010-07-07 13:41:08 (Beijing Time)

A record-breaking heat wave is tightening its grip on the U.S. Northeast. Jon Decker reports.

A record-breaking heat wave is tightening its grip on the U.S. Northeast - with residents of New York City struggling to stay cool.

Temperatures hit 103 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday - as a water fountain in Washington Square Park proved to be extremely popular.

"This is kind of like unbearable. You can't even be on the streets unless you're in a water fountain."

"It's really early and it's hot. It usually gets like that by the end of July, the first week of August. But it looks like it's going to be a brutal summer, another Indian summer."

"I probably drank about hundred ounces of water today, haven't gone to the bathroom once. So it's brutal out here, we're not used to this mugginess."

No cool down is in sight in the Big Apple as temperatures will remain at 90 or above until the weekend.

And it isn't any better in Washington, D.C., where the nation's capital is also experiencing sweltering weather.

"We are here in Washington, DC for three days and we are melting. It's so hot. We are like packing water, throwing water bottles on our head. It's really warm."

"I just drink alot of water constantly. I've got my water bottle right here I just refilled it. Lots of water and I stay in the shade I try to stay in the shade."

Tourists were warned to stay indoors - or at least in the shade - and drink plenty of water as the northeast contends with a monster heatwave that has prodcued record breaking temperatures.

Jon Decker, Reuters.

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