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Know When Summer Heat Peaks In Your Town

Update Date: Jul 02, 2014 08:49 AM EDT

The days are now getting shorter in the northern hemisphere but the dog days of summer are still ahead for much of the country, according to a new map released by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). 

"The temperature increase after the solstice occurs because the rate of heat input from the sun during the day continues to be greater than the cooling at night for several weeks, until temperatures start to descend in late July and early August," explained NCDC.

The map and the analysis is based on climate data from 1981-2010. 

The NCDC noted that most locations in the U.S. still have a ways to go before their usual warmest day of the year. 

NCDC added that for most of the rest of the country, the hottest day of the year is likely to come in the middle or latter half of July. 

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