US heat wave: Dangerously high temperatures will last through the weekend, with millions of Americans set to experience triple-digit heat



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More than 85% of Americans will face temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit by the weekend, with millions in the South-Central United States expected to experience readings in the triple digits.

More than 100 million people were under various heat warnings in more than two dozen states from the American West to New England on Thursday, a suffocation that experts believe will become increasingly common due to the effects of climate change.

“Thursday and Friday, widespread high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and 100s will blanket much of the country,” the National Weather Service said. warned Wednesday.

Areas most at risk for dangerously hot temperatures include the Southwest, Central and South-Central America, and the coastal Mid-Atlantic region and Northeast, the weather service noted.

Miserable heat wave – in it Aggravated the sudden drought In the Southern and Central Plains — prompting state and local leaders to declare heat emergencies and provide residents with resources to combat the high temperatures.

The mayor of Washington, DC declared a heat emergency on Thursday – provoked While the county will see temperatures of 95 degrees or higher — that will last through Monday morning.

“Stay hydrated, limit sun exposure, watch seniors, neighbors and pets,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said. He said on Twitter.

Philadelphia declared a heat health emergency on Thursday due to the expected oppressive heat, requiring special field teams to implement emergency plans, make home visits and outreach to people experiencing homelessness, the health department said in a news release.

Similarly in New York, residents are encouraged to stay indoors in the coming days as heat continues to spread across the state to avoid dangerous conditions that could lead to heat stress and illness, according to Jackie Bray, the state’s Homeland Security and Emergency Services Division.

Temperatures are expected to top 90 degrees in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston by the weekend — if not more.

Extreme heat has been leveled across the US Deadly conditions in EuropeRecords have been smashed and the European Forest Fire Information System has put 19 European countries under “extreme risk” warnings for wildfires.

Meanwhile, California, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee will continue to be hit by triple-digit heat Thursday — meaning 1 in 5 Americans will endure dangerous conditions based on the first heat, already after a historic week. records, CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford said.

The heat is expected to last through the weekend in many places, and more than 85% of the population — or 275 million Americans — could see high temperatures above 90 degrees over the next week. More than 60 million people could see high temperatures of 100 degrees or higher over the next seven days.

Heat index values – Temperatures that feel like heat combined with humidity – could top 100 degrees in many states this weekend, especially in the Midwest, Southeast and East Coast.

Large swaths of the South, including parts of eastern Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama, and the Mideast coast from South Carolina to New Jersey (shown in dark orange on these maps) from the heat on Thursday.

That danger is evident in parts of the Midwest this weekend, in parts of southern Illinois, Missouri and Iowa, before returning to the East Coast on Sunday.

Forecast heat index values ​​indicate that the rest of the United States should be on high alert.

Recent heat and insufficient rainfall have contributed to much of the western United States suffering from prolonged, unrelenting drought. A “severe drought” in other parts of the country.

The US Drought Monitor announced last week that states including Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Massachusetts are experiencing severe drought. It is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Defines “rapid onset or severity of drought”.

The Central and Southern Plains grew even worse this week, the Drought Monitor said in its weekly update Thursday: More than 84% of Texas is in severe or worse drought conditions, the highest percentage in a decade, while parts of Oklahoma doubled in drought levels.

Arkansas experienced severe drought from less than 1% of the state, compared to more than a quarter of the state. Between 2% and one-third of the state of Missouri experienced severe drought.

Meanwhile, DTulsa EMS has responded to 250 heat-related emergency calls so far this year, setting ripple-digit records Tuesday and Wednesday across Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

“We can expect those numbers in mid-to-late August,” Emergency Medical Services Commission spokesman Adam Baluka said Wednesday. “So we’re four to six weeks ahead of where we normally see call numbers in the mid-200s.”

“It’s very concerning, especially as the number of patients being transported indicates that some of those calls are heatstroke, which can be fatal.”

In Abilene, Texas, the temperature reached 110 degrees on Wednesday, breaking the 1936 record for that date. Another record of 104 degrees was set in San Antonio, Texas, surpassing the previous record of 101 degrees experienced in 1996.

As of Tuesday, the Austin area had reached at least 100 degrees on 38 of the last 44 days, the weather service said.

“We’re asking people to conserve power so systems can continue to operate,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Wednesday. “We’re asking everyone to do this so we can get through this together.”

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which runs about 90% of Texas’ power grid, set another record for power demand Wednesday — beating the record set a day earlier.

Also, Wednesday’s high of 103 degrees in Fayetteville, Arkansas topped the high of 102 degrees seen on that date in 2012.

Another Arkansas city, Mountain Home, saw a high of 107 degrees Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

“This would break the old record of 102 degrees for this date, set in 2012. Official record reports weren’t sent out until midnight, but it sure looks like a new record,” Written by the Weather Service Wednesday evening.

To help residents beat the heat, Boston Mayor Michael Wu announced At least 12 community centers Open to anyone who wants to chill. In addition, more than 50 splash pads will be available at city parks and playgrounds, he said, adding that he has declared a heat emergency through Thursday.

Meanwhile, some local authorities have taken steps to hire chief heat officers in response to the extreme heat.

Miami-Dade County Chief Heat Officer Jane Gilbert told CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday that Miami now has nearly twice as many days with heat index — what a wind. feels More than 90 degrees higher than in the 1970s.

“It’s not just about people’s health, it’s about their pocket books. Our field workers can’t work long hours, they’re losing work hours. People can’t afford these ACs, high electricity costs. It’s a health and economic crisis.

David Hondula, director of the Office of Heat Response and Mitigation for Phoenix, echoed that sentiment, saying, “Heat affects everyone, and we’re all at risk.”

Extreme temperatures are one of the leading weather-related causes of death in the United States, according to Kimberly McMahon, general weather service program manager for the National Weather Service.

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