Impact of 2012 summer heat

POSTED: 07:41 AM PDT Jul 12, 2012    UPDATED: 08:07 AM PDT Sep 18, 2012 

The first eight months of 2012 have been the hottest ever recorded in the continental U.S., according to the National Climatic Data Center. Check out some of the ways the extreme heat has affected the U.S.

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The summer heat wave is blamed for at least 46 deaths across the Midwest and on the East Coast so far this year, according to the Associated Press. Heat is the top weather-related killer in the United States, taking about 115 lives each year, according to the National Weather Service.

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