How can anybody in the United States be surprised by this news? "July boasted the hottest average temperature recorded in 118 years of modern record keeping, eclipsing the previous record-holder, July 1936, when the country was in the midst of the Dust Bowl." (source)
Here in Oklahoma, the hottest state in the Union last summer, it's actually been worse. And all that stuff you hear about this condition or that condition being worse for the very young and the elderly . . . well, I actually hear it when they make these announcements. Didn't used to.
I have to say, though, that today we're getting a break. It's 91 right now, on its way to 67 tonight. This is great, but it's not going to last.