Nearly one in four weather stations in the contiguous United States showed the average nighttime low temperatures for June, July and August 2010 were hotter than at any time since 1895. Out of 513 weather stations east of the Mississippi, 40 percent reported their hottest average nighttime low temperatures on record and more than 80 percent reported average overnight low temperatures among their five hottest on record. Record high overnight temperatures were set at stations in 37 states. North Carolina also experienced one of the hottest summers on record. Combined with drier than normal conditions, much of the state is now experiencing moderate drought or abnormally dry conditions. Other countries also experienced record-breaking temperatures. Russia has seen hundreds of wildfires and thousands of deaths in Moscow during its worst heat wave on record.
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