PHILADELPHIA (AP) Deaths blamed on the East Coast's recent heat wave climbed past 30 Thursday with various coroner's reports, and 15 of the deaths were in Philadelphia alone.
The Philadelphia medical examiner's office said seven people found dead Wednesday died of heat-related causes. On Wednesday the office had reported eight other heat-related deaths in the four days of scorching temperatures.
Most of the victims in Philadelphia and elsewhere were elderly.
New York City's medical examiner, which attributed six deaths to the heat wave Wednesday, added a seventh Thursday: an 88-year-old man found in his Brooklyn home with hyperthermia, an abnormal elevation of body temperature.
Another seven heat-related deaths have been reported in Virginia. Two have been reported in Maryland, including one man who collapsed after using a push lawnmower in the heat.