Phoenix Roasts in Record Heat

Temperatures reach 118, beating a 10-year record
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2011 6:09 AM CDT
Rain and some thunderstorms are likely in the Central Plains, while showers will push through New England. Hot temperatures will persist for much of the country, with the warmest conditions expected in...   (AP Photo/Weather Underground)
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(Newser) – Temperatures in Phoenix hit a new high for the day yesterday, reaching a brutal 118 degrees, reports the AP. It was so hot that a local prison ordered thousands of bags of ice for inmates. Nearby storms toppled powerlines, knocking out power—and air conditioning—to some 4,000 homes in the suburbs. But the silver lining: Meteorologists say those same clouds kept temperatures under 120.

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