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July 8th, 2010
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An excessive heat watch will remain in effect through Thursday afternoon in parts of the Northeast.

An excessive heat watch will remain in effect through Thursday afternoon in parts of the Northeast.

People in Northeast seek to beat triple-digit heat

(CNN) – An excessive heat watch will remain in effect through Thursday afternoon in parts of the Northeast.

The heat has claimed at least two lives - an elderly woman in Pennsylvania and a Maryland resident found inside a home with a temperature higher than 90 degrees.

For a second consecutive day Wednesday, temperatures approached or surpassed the 100-degree mark in many states.

And while temperatures may be lower on Thursday, the dew point temperatures will be higher Thursday, the National Weather Service said. That combination means heat indices will be close to 100 degrees again on Thursday.

As a result, an "excessive heat watch" will remain in effect through Thursday afternoon in parts of Delaware, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

A "heat advisory" remains in place for parts of Vermont as well. Heat index values are expected to hover between 100 and 104 degrees Thursday, so the advisory will not be lifted until Thursday evening.

But the weather service projects that a "heat advisory" in place for the New York metro area will lifted by mid-day Thursday. High temperatures are forecast to be about ten degrees cooler than they were Wednesday, as southeasterly winds come in off the Atlantic Ocean. Read more

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