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Firefighters battle wildfire near Palm Springs in brutally hot conditions

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Thursday, July 18, 2013, 10:44 -

Tens of millions of people across the U.S. are dealing with sizzling temperatures and oppressive humidity.

Youngsters enjoy the water slide at the recreation center in Little Falls, N.J (AP Photo/Northjersey.com, Demitrius Balevski)

Youngsters enjoy the water slide at the recreation center in Little Falls, N.J (AP Photo/Northjersey.com, Demitrius Balevski)

Officials say Thursday could be the worst day as temperatures approach 40 degrees.

According to the U.S. National Weather Service, most states had at least one region where the temperature hit 32°C on Wednesday, though the worst heat was in the Midwest to Northeast. 

It's been a similar story for much of eastern Canada this week and several communities are sweating through official heat wave status

While the hot and humid conditions are ideal for beach goers, it's keeping fire crews on high alert. 

3,000 firefighters are facing brutally hot and dry conditions as they battle a raging wildfire southwest of Palm Springs, California.

About 6,000 residents and visitors in the mountain community of Idyllwild and surrounding communities have been forced to evacuate.

Temperatures are expected to linger near 39°C into the weekend. 

With files from The Canadian Press

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