Another scorcher in the eastern half of the U.S., cool front expected Sunday

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UNDATED (AP) - Much of the eastern half of the nation is suffering through another day of intense heat, but a break in temperatures is expected to begin tomorrow.

There have been triple-digit readings stretching from the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic. It has been well above 100 degrees in several cities, including a record 105 in Washington. It climbed to 106 in St. Louis and 104 in Indianapolis.

A week of blistering heat is blamed for at least 30 deaths, buckled highways, unusually warm water in Lake Michigan and a minor trail derailment in suburban Washington.

Hundreds of thousands remain without power, mostly in West Virginia, Ohio and Michigan. Crews are still dealing with the aftermath of last Friday's violent storms. Forecasters say relief is on the way in the form of a cold front as the weekend ends. But the weather system could also bring more severe weather. The rain should help many areas that have been dealing with dry spells.

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