More than 100 million people in the United States face excessive warnings or heat advisories as a dangerous heat wave continues

This means that one-third of the US population is subject to heat advisories and excessive heat warnings today and tomorrow, and that more than 80% of the US population (approximately 265 million Americans) will see a maximum above 90 degrees over the next seven days.

The highest temperatures, pushing well into the triple digits, will again be centered over the southern plains.

More than two dozen records are possible today and tomorrow for the southern United States, including Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, and the east coast is also about to enter the mix. .

Parts of the northeast will also have temperatures near daily records on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Heat advisories are also in effect Wednesday for parts of the Northeast, including the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia to Boston, where heat index values ​​are expected to reach near 100 degrees,” the official said. Weather Prediction Center.

The southern plains get another dose of intense heat

After a day of record heat yesterday, the southern plains are once again facing dangerous heat.

Dallas came close to its daily high of 110 degrees yesterday but hit 109 degrees, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

But today will be worse.

Temperatures are expected to reach 111 degrees in the region, crushing the daily record of 108.

The scorching heat has strained the Texas power grid, as the state expects another day of record energy demand.

Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories are in effect through Wednesday for North and Central Texas.

“Air temperatures will climb to 105 to 110 degrees in the warning zone, with heat index values ​​above 105 degrees in the warning zone,” the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said.

As warm temperatures, low humidity and wind speeds increase, a critical threat of fire danger is also in effect for northern Texas and central Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City could see highs near 110 degrees today, which would shatter its daily record of 109 set in 1936.

“The last time we had a significant warm spell was in 2011, when we had 63 days at or above 100 degrees,” said Vivek Mahale, a meteorologist with the Norman National Weather Service.

Mahale expects the above-average heat to continue through at least Sunday, with each day hitting the triple digit mark. Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City experienced nine days above 100 degrees this month.

He advised that the best thing you can do to prepare is to check vulnerable populations as temperatures will be five to seven degrees above normal.

“We really want to emphasize that you want to watch your friends, family and neighbors during the heat wave, especially sensitive populations such as the elderly,” Mahale said.

About 8,800 customers in western Arkansas — where temperatures are expected to reach 106 degrees Fahrenheit — were without power around noon Tuesday after a windstorm damaged the local power system.

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As the windstorm smashed more than 40 utility poles, Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers told CNN, “the problem here is the heat.”

The Paris high school has opened its doors to people “in need of a cool place after last night’s thunderstorms”, according to a post on Facebook, a resource the mayor has urged residents to take advantage of.

“Don’t try to brave the heat,” the mayor said. “Heat-related illnesses are serious business.”

Further north, Michigan’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration encouraged employers to be aware of heat-related hazards and to help prevent heat-related illnesses.

“Whether you work indoors or outdoors, hot and humid conditions can pose serious health risks to workers, but heat-related illnesses are preventable,” said the director of administration of Michigan Occupational Safety and Health, Bart Pickelman, in a press release.

Employers, he said, should have detailed procedures in place to monitor heat index, provide water and care for a sick employee, he said.

New York, Boston and Philadelphia brace for a sweltering week ahead

Boston, MA - Warm weather brought people to Boston's Esplanade in June.

Heat advisories are in effect tomorrow for the Northeast, including New York, Boston and Philadelphia.

“The oppressive heat and humidity return this week”, tweeted the Boston National Weather Service.

Heat Index values ​​– the temperature felt when heat is combined with humidity – could exceed 100 degrees in some areas, generating dangerous conditions for residents of the Mid-Atlantic and New England .

The heat and humidity won’t just kiss the coast. Upstate New York could also experience temperatures well above average.

Albany, New York, is above its average of 84 degrees for this time of year, and the city could approach its record high of 97 degrees tomorrow with the sweltering heat.

To make matters worse, the humidity combined with the heat will make some areas 5-10 degrees warmer.

“It’s going to be a bit (warmer) than the typical hot, humid weather we have in July,” Mike Evans, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Albany, New York, told CNN.

Evans said dew points could push to 70 degrees tomorrow, which is when the humidity becomes “very noticeable”.

Parts of Massachusetts will hit record highs as early as Wednesday as temperatures hit the upper 90s, and continue through the week in the northeast.

“It’s going to be the hottest day we’ve had so far this summer. We really haven’t had too hot of a summer here, at least in the northeast,” Evans said.

The United States is not expected to see much relief over the next week. The Climate Prediction Center predicts above-average temperatures will likely last into next week for most of the lower 48 degrees.


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