PHOTOS: Heat wave hits US

High temperatures are expected to scorch the major cities of the East Coast and Midwest. More than 85% of the lower 48 states will see temperatures over 90 this weekend.

Boston, Pittsburgh, New York, Baltimore and Washington are under excessive heat watches. Philadelphia is under an excessive heat warning, and in the southern end of the coast, Raleigh is under a heat advisory.

In the Midwest, cities all over the region — such as Cleveland, Minneapolis, Chicago, Omaha and Detroit — face heat warnings or advisories, Detroit officials are urging residents to drink plenty of water, reduce outdoor activities, eat light and check on family and neighbors.

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