AccuWeather: 2012 could be hottest summer on record
By Amy Cherry

Updated Friday, July 20, 2012 - 4:41pm

AccuWeather
We're on track to see the hottest summer in the past 60 years.

AccuWeather expert senior meteorologist Bob Smerbeck tells us we can expect more heat for the rest of the season.

"We are going to have breaks from the heat, but there are going to be surges of heat that come from the Plains and the Midwest across the Ohio Valley, right into the Delaware Valley, and into the Mid-Atlantic region, so we are going to have several more heat waves for the summer," says Smerveck.

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Further west, residents won't get those cool breaks. Smerbeck says the heat will stay relentless in the Midwest for the rest of the summer.

Right now, 2011 holds the record as the hottest year on record since 1950, but a few more heat waves could break that record.

"We've had some pretty warm summers strung into a row here. Last year was the warmest summer since 1936, and whether this summer ends up as hot or warmer than last summer, we're going to have to wait and see, but it's going to be contending, let's put it way," Smerbeck says.

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