Hundreds of heat-related records recently have fallen across the United States.
In the past week, 1,011 records have been broken around the country, including 251 new daily high temperature records on Tuesday.
The heat is creating consequences ranging from the catastrophic to the comical, from wildfires in the Rocky Mountains to frying bacon on an Oklahoma sidewalk.
If forecasts hold, more records could fall in the coming days in the central and western parts of the country.
University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver says the current heat wave "is bad now by our current definition," but that this will be "far more common in the years ahead."
No matter where you are this week, the objective is the same: stay cool.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)