In 1911 An East Coast Heat Wave Struck That Was So Searingly Hot It Had Deadly Consequences

It’s July 1911 and a terrible heat wave has descended on America’s East Coast. From New York to Boston, citizens struggle to go about their business in temperatures topping 90°F. But as the mercury continues to climb, the crowded cities descend into a chaos unlike anything the country has ever seen.

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Today, summer in New York City is almost as sweaty, with people often navigating the streets in 84°F heat. However, it’s not uncommon for temperatures to rise to the levels seen in 1911. In fact, in July 2011, the city hit a sweltering 104°F.

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