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Heat wave: Triple-digit temperatures push East Coast to pools, malls

The forecasts call for hot weather not just during daytime, but also at night, when many people don't have air conditioning to keep their bedrooms cool. The heat wave could persist through the week.

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Children from Hebron, N.Y., splash in the water at the fountain in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in Washington Tuesday, as a heat wave hit the East Coast. The National Archives is seen at rear.

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Residents of the East Coast are baking in 100-degree temperatures Tuesday, possibly the peak day in a heat wave that forecasters say could persist through the week.

Call it a warm welcome for Queen Elizabeth II, who arrived in New York City to address the United Nations – her first UN appearance since 1957. But it's especially affecting those without air-conditioned limousines – which means just about everyone in America's most heavily populated region, the corridor from Boston to Washington, D.C.

The heat and humidity pushed hordes of people to seek comfort in fountains, pools, and temperature-controlled malls or movie theaters. Mayors and health officials warned residents to take precautions against the heat. A particular concern: The forecasts call for hot weather not just during daytime, but also at night, when many people don't have air conditioning to keep their bedrooms cool.

IN PICTURES: Beating the summer heat

Tuesday started hot and then got hotter. By midday Tuesday, temperatures across the region had skyrocketed toward 100 degrees F. in key cities:

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