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Photo: A boy cools off in a fountain Monday, July 9, 2007 in Princeton, N.J. Temperatures hit 90 degrees by 1 p.m. on Monday, and temperatures in the 90s were forecast through Wednesday, said Joe Pollina, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A high of around 93 was predicted for Tuesday in New York — but combined with humidity it was expected to feel like 98 degrees. On Monday, the temperature hit 92 in Central Park. Cooler weather and storms were forecast by Wednesday.
It was even hotter in Oregon, where temperatures in the southwest were expected to hit 105 and north-central's Pendleton was forecast to reach 106.
More than a week of high temperatures across the West have also raised wildfire concerns. Conditions have gotten "super-dry," said Roger Peterson, a spokesman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. "And it's only going to get drier over the next few days."
In the East, the heat spread as far south as Virginia, where temperatures in the 90s prompted state officials to issue a hazardous weather alert. Richmond opened three cooling shelters Monday.
The West Virginia town of Bluefield offered free lemonade Tuesday after temps surpassed 90 degrees the day before, following a decades-old tradition.
In Washington, D.C., forecasters predicted a high of 96 degrees, which will feel like 101 with the humidity.
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