A cool wet spring has given way to the hottest summer in two years in parts of the Midwest. When you combine temperature and humidity it felt like 102 in Kansas City Monday, 105 in Wichita and Oklahoma City and 107 in Chicago, where volunteers were going door to door making sure everybody is OK.
John Davis, a meteorologist for Salomon Smith Barney, tracks weather and the economy. He says getting the power isn't a problem, though the price might be.
"You're not looking at blackouts like you would have a couple of years ago. Worry about your bill maybe, but not the lights going out."
Until the heat breaks people are being warned, "if you don't have to go out, then don't," unless you have access to cool water and lots of it.
It's no cooler and the grass is no greener in Detroit. For the first time in years, an outdoor watering ban is in effect. No small irony in a city perched on the edge of the world's largest body of fresh water.
A storm now making its way across the Midwest will bring relief, giving people here just the break they need because what has traditionally been the hottest month is a little more than a week away.
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