Swimming towels hang from a fence outside a pool at Tompkins Square Park in New York

Swimming towels hang from a fence outside a pool at Tompkins Square Park in New York July 8, 2012. A blistering heat wave finally showed signs of letting up across the U.S. Midwest and Northeast on Sunday, with more moderate temperatures bringing relief to overheated residents from Chicago to New York, according to meteorologists. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) – GM1E87907FO01
Swimming towels hang from a fence outside a pool at Tompkins Square Park in New York July 8, 2012. A blistering heat wave finally showed signs of letting up across the U.S. Midwest and Northeast on Sunday, with more moderate temperatures bringing relief to overheated residents from Chicago to New York, according to meteorologists.  
REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) - GM1E87907FO01

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Swimming towels hang from a fence outside a pool at Tompkins Square Park in New York.