Nightly News | July 25, 2012
>>> tonight with its first estimates of how this year's drought will affect food prices starting with chicken and turkey prices. expected to rise from 3.5 to 4.5% before the year ends. it was at it again today, high temperatures once again pushing into the triple digits in many spots across the country. one of the big weather headlines today came out of st. louis . they set a new all-time record temperature for this date, 107 degrees today. that makes 11 days above 105, also a record. we get our report tonight from nbc's john yang .
>> reporter: st. louis has been like an oven set on broil. today the 16th day of triple digit heat.
>> oh, it's hot. it's real hot.
>> reporter: in chicago high temperatures were compounded by power outages from strong storms.
>> living without my air conditioning , my refrigerator, everything. you know, it's just rough right now.
>> reporter: the heat is blamed for at least 24 deaths in st. louis . officials say most victims didn't have air conditioning or turned it off to save money.
>> we're coming to take care of your mother.
>> reporter: the charity called cool down st. louis provides free units for mrs. smith easing her son's worries.
>> doesn't have air for asthma.
>> reporter: also hard on crops. today the agriculture department named 76 more counties natural disaster areas, bringing the total to more than 1300 counties in 31 states. a new report from the union of concerned scientists said midwest heat waves are more frequent than they were 60 years ago. here in cheyenne average of four more days of dangerous heat and seven fewer summer days of cool, dry air. forecasters say the midwest heat is about to dip, but it's hard to call it relief.
>> kts come down from the triple digits to the mid-90s. that last as couple of days then warms back up.
>> reporter: as the long hot summer broils on. john yang , nbc news, chicago.