Near-Record Heat Wave Grips U.S. East Coast, Midwest

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Dial thermometers hang inside a Lowe's home improvement store August... News PhotoAir Conditioner,Arlington Heights,Cool Attitude,Hanging,Heat - Temperature,Heat Wave,Illinois,Improvement,Lowe's,Store,Thermometer,USA,WeatherPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2006 Getty ImagesARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - AUGUST 02: Dial thermometers hang inside a Lowe's home improvement store August 2, 2006 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. With the heat wave blanketing much of the Midwest and now the East Coast, retailers have reported a spike in sales of air conditioners and fans. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)