Heat Wave Bakes Northeast, Triggers Advisories

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A blistering heat wave is scorching parts of the country Tuesday. Temperatures are soaring into the 90s from Michigan to the East Coast, but the heat and humidity will make it feel even hotter.

Heat advisories and warnings are in place in Boston, New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Several cities in the Northeast opened cooling centers to help residents beat the heat.

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In Portland, Maine, five people were taken to a hospital after being overcome by the heat during a half marathon.

Those who have to be outside are encouraged to take frequent breaks and drink lots of water.

"You ever been close to death? It's about two steps closer," one New Jersey construction worker said.

"Literally, like, there is nothing you can do to keep cool," he added.

New York EMS Maximo Sierra said, "Just walking around in this heat you have to kind of over-hydrate. You have to drink even if you are not thirsty."

Forecasters said the heat wave will continue for several days. It is expected to expand into the Midwest and Northern Plains by midweek.

Last year, at least 155 people died from heat-related illness.

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