Dealing with the dog days: This pooch in Manhattan found one way to stay cool Thursday (July 21, 2011).
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July 22, 2011 There's no relief in sight for days, maybe a week, in most of the U.S. From the central states across to the Atlantic, temperatures are dangerously high. How hot is it? Lots of folks have answers.
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July 21, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, what a 21st century American city might look like, and memories of NASA's space shuttle program. In the second hour, the severity of the country's heat wave, and the 150th anniversary of The Battle of Bull Run.
Red means hot.
July 21, 2011 Watch a visualization of how the oppressive temperatures have tracked. So far, at least 22 deaths have been blamed on the heat.
Volunteer John Kelley (left) leads an exercise class at a senior center in Oklahoma on Monday. Centers such as these offer seniors a cool place to go during heat waves.
July 20, 2011 For people who need to escape the heat wave blanketing much of the U.S. this week, some cities are offering the public access to cooling centers. Scorching heat is a deadlier weather risk than freezing cold or even tornadoes.
The 6- to 10-day outlook.
National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center
June 10, 2011 The brutal heat wave should break in most parts of the country over the weekend. Still, the 10-day outlook is for temperatures above normal across much of the nation.
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