07/22/2011 04:52 pm ET Updated Sep 21, 2011

July Heat Wave 2011: It's So Hot That... (SLIDESHOW)

In case you haven't heard, it is hot. Really hot. Really, really hot.

Seriously, if Congress' AC went out, we'd have a vote to raise the debt ceiling in about ten minutes if that meant they could hit the pool.

The country is sweating out a scorcher of a week as temperatures have in Northeastern cities from Boston down to Washington, D.C. pushing -- and breaking into -- the 100s.

And you know what that means! Animals are trying to keep cool and criminals are finding creative ways to steal swimming pools.

So how hot is it, really? Why, it's so hot, that ...