Deadly Heat Wave Breaks Today

Baltimore's 12-Day Heat Wave Ends Today.

Baltimore, MD - Mike Masco

ABC2News.com Meteorologist

The record breaking heat wave that started in late June ends today!

The 12-day heat wave which baked the east coast for over a week was responsible for shattered hundreds of record highs dated back to the late 1800s. 

On June 29th Washington DC and Dulles airport achieved a new all-time record high for the month of June.  Dulles hit 102° while Washington Reagan hit 104°, the highest temperatures ever recorded since records started being kept some 142 years ago. 

Baltimore broke a 2010 record on July 7th by four degrees as the mercury surged to 104 with a heat index at one point registering 115 degrees. 

The heat is being linked to over 66 deaths across the country as power failure contributed to dangerous living conditions through out the country.  St Louis, a city notoriously hot in the summer months broke a record for the longest stretch of 100 degree day's.  10 straight days of temperatures surpassing the century mark caused a strain on power as numerous rolling black outs became a common occurrence for much of last week.  The St. Louis medical examiner confirmed three heat-related deaths and said it was investigating six more.

In Chicago, authorities said the heat had claimed at least six lives as of Friday night.

In Virginia, officials reported 10 heat-related deaths, and 10 people died in Maryland, health officials said.

Relief from the heat is forecasted starting Monday.  Maryland should anticipate high temperatures in the middle 80s for much of the week, which is normal for this time of the year.