Nightly News   |  July 01, 2012

Americans melt as records break

More than 1,600 heat records have been broken as nearly 50 million Americans melted in 100-plus degree temperatures. The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel reports.

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>> at the start of this busy holiday week for families the question on everyone's minds how long this heat wave will last. we are joined by mike sidell in washington. what can you tell us?

>> good evening. by the way atlanta set an all time high of 106. we thought it would get a couple of degrees cooler. hit 106. it took the city 32 years to break that all time record but only one day to tie it. in oo louisville, kentucky four consecutive days with 100 degree heat. in south carolina the heat index of 116. planning a break on monday with temperatures still 5 to 10 dgz above average. on july 4th the core of heat shifts west. on friday storms knocked out power to 200,000 customers in chicago. winds were clocked at 80 miles per hour. it is much smaller and showing no signs of growth both promising signs. if they make it to d.c. it would be after midnight if they make it here. they would be much weaker.

>> thanks so much.