Scorching temperatures baking much of the U.S. continued into yesterday as many areas from Washington DC to Chicago endured their hottest day yet. The largest heat wave of the summer brought sizzling temperatures and little hope of relief. Most states in the U.S. had at least one region where the temperature hit 32.2 degrees Celsius. At the same time Iraqi government declared a public holiday in Baghdad and some provinces yesterday, as temperatures soared to 47 degrees Celsius. In the centre of the capital shopkeepers set up showers in front of their shops so that passers-by could cool down. Meanwhile British Meteorological Office expanded its weather alert health warning yesterday as temperatures in some parts of the country soared to 32 degrees Centigrade. Hundreds of deaths are thought to have been caused in large part by these average temperatures in the UK’s first heat wave in seven years.