Hundreds of heat-related records recently have fallen across the United States.
In the past week, 1,011 records have been broken around the country, including 251 new daily high temperature records on Tuesday.
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The heat is creating consequences ranging from the catastrophic to the comical, from wildfires in the Rocky Mountains to frying bacon on an Oklahoma sidewalk.
If forecasts hold, more records could fall in the coming days in the central and western parts of the country.
Locally, a heat advisory has been issued for Cuyahoga, Lorain, Erie and Huron counties (as well as other counties farther west) for late Thursday morning through the evening.
Thursday's forecast says we will see mostly sunny skies with highs in the middle (possibly upper) 90s with the heat index potentially reaching more than 100.
University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver says the current heat wave "is bad now by our current definition," but that this will be "far more common in the years ahead."
No matter where you are this week, the objective is the same: stay cool.
JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press
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