It doesn't take long for the human body to overheat when the RealFeel(tm) temperature soars above 100 degrees. Extremely high temperatures and high humidity can produce heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even death.

Did you know that summer heat waves are more lethal to large populations than winter cold snaps? Rough figures show that there is a 5.7 percent increase in the death rate during excruciating heat. During a winter cold blast, the increase in the death rate is only 1.6 percent.

So when it's "Too Hot to Trot," take it easy, stay in the shade if possible, and drink plenty of fluids. Of course that does not include alcohol. Why? Because alcohol dehydrates, and you definitely don't want to do that when it's blistering hot.

That all being said, the heat will be torturous throughout the Northeast Tuesday. Temperatures will reach or exceed 90 degrees everywhere except in the higher Appalachians. Even 100 is reachable in northeastern Maryland, southeastern Pennsylvania, and central New Jersey.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist John Kocet.