Photos: Beating the heat wave
The oppressively hot weather in the Northeast has surprised meteorologists: It's moving backward across America, something that rarely happens.
Normally U.S. weather systems move west to east. The western Atlantic high pressure system behind the hot dry weather started moving east to west last week and by Tuesday was centered over lower Michigan, said Jon Gottschalck, the operations chief at the National Weather Service's prediction branch.
He said the high pressure is about to return eastward, extending the Northeastern heat wave an extra day or so until the weekend. - AP
See how people and animals are dealing with the heat.