Heat wave continues in the East

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 10:06 PM

UNDATED (AP) — There's no respite from the heat wave that's gripping the eastern two thirds of the nation.

Heat index values near 100 degrees or greater are being felt from the Midwest to the Northeast.

Baltimore, Md., saw a midday high heat index value up to 115 degrees, with a high temperature at 95 degrees.

Amtrak has been slowing trains along the busy Northeast Corridor because the heat is driving up internal temperatures of the rails.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking people to reduce electricity use because the intense heat is driving near record demand for power. He says people should cut back as much as possible to take pressure off the state's power grid and help prevent outages or brownouts.

Health officials continue to warn people about taking care to stay hydrated, eat light and avoid strenuous activity.

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239-r-16-(Sound of dogs and people playing in Lake Michigan, at Chicago's Montrose Dog Beach park)--Sound of dogs and people playing in Lake Michigan at Chicago's Montrose Dog Beach park. (18 Jul 2013)

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238-a-05-(Jessica Pascalo, Chicago dog owner, interviewed at Chicago's Montrose Dog Beach on Lake Michigan)-"mainly coming here (woof!)"-Chicago dog owner Jessica Pascalo says she and her pet are beating the heat by splashing in Lake Michigan. (18 Jul 2013)

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121-a-16-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"the East Coast"-National Weather Service forecaster Bruce Terry says there will be very high temperatures again today in the eastern and central U.S. (18 Jul 2013)

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124-a-14-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"this extreme heat"-National Weather Service forecaster Bruce Terry has advice for coping with the hot weather. (18 Jul 2013)

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123-a-11-(Bruce Terry, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"days at least"-National Weather Service forecaster Bruce Terry says California is still dealing with triple digit temperatures. (18 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO MNMIT105: Sonja Mason of St. Paul stands beneath one of the water falls at Upper Landing Park to stay cool, Thursday, July 18, 2013 in St. Paul, Minn. The largest heat wave of the summer has stagnated over large regions, bringing sizzling temperatures and little hope of relief without rain, a growing possibility for some hard-hit areas as the weekend approaches. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT (18 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO NYJG109: Jameek Delmonte of Brooklyn sells cold water on Atlantic Avenue in front of the Barclays Center on Thursday, July 18, 2013, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Temperatures climbed up into the 90's again on Thursday in what has become the largest heat wave of the summer. (AP Photo/Jon Gerberg) (18 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO WIWES105: Mya Edelman, 9, of West Bend embraces the droplets of water she happens to come in contact with as she makes her way across the Splash Pad in Regner Park in West Bend, Wis on Thursday evening, July 18, 2013. The largest heat wave of the summer has stagnated over large regions, bringing sizzling temperatures and little hope of relief without rain, a growing possibility for some hard-hit areas as the weekend approaches. (AP Photo/West Bend Daily News, John Ehlke) (18 Jul 2013)

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