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Jul 6, 2010 9:29 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Oppressive heat in eastern US today

The Fourth of July is over, but temperatures are sizzling hotter than a firecracker over much of the country.

Temperatures reached at least the 90s from Maine to Texas and into the Southwest and Death Valley over the holiday weekend. Now the mid-Atlantic is embarking on a string of intensely hot days. Meteorologists say temperatures could reach as high as 102 degrees Tuesday.

The masses returning to work across the Northeast threaten to stress utilities. New York's Consolidated Edison utility says it's preparing for peak usage to break the record set Aug. 2, 2006.

New York City plans to open hundreds of cooling centers today.

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray is hospitalized after marching in five parades and feeling ill. His spokesman says he's in good spirits.

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