ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - This will come as little consolation for anybody who has steadfastly sworn that the sticky summer of 2005 has been the hottest ever:
With two days left in this month, it's shaping up as the hottest June-July recorded in several eastern cities, according to data compiled by the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University.
The statewide average in June was 69.5 degrees, a whopping 5.5 degrees warmer than normal.
"That's a very significant departure," said Keith Eggleston, regional climatologist with the climate center.
The summer heat wave that has cloaked much of the country has been blamed for at least 40 deaths, most in the Phoenix area.