End In Sight For US Heat Wave That set Tem­per­a­ture Records

Fiji Sun - - World News -

The United States swel­tered in dan­ger­ously hot weather on Sun­day, with ma­jor cities in­clud­ing New York, Philadelph­ia and Wash­ing­ton broil­ing in tem­per­a­tures that rose into triple dig­its.

An op­pres­sive heat wave stretch­ing from the Mid­west­ern plains to the At­lantic coast had nearly 150 mil­lion peo­ple strug­gling to stay cool in sti­fling heat that set records in a hand­ful of states. By Sun­day af­ter­noon, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice (NWS) said the high tem­per­a­tures would soon be over, but the se­vere weather would con­tinue.

“The dan­ger­ous heat wave which en­veloped much of the Mid­west to the East Coast this week­end should fi­nally break by Mon­day as a cold front drops south­ward,” the agency said.

How­ever it warned that “show­ers and thun­der­storms... with heavy to ex­ces­sive rain­fall and se­vere weather pos­si­ble” were ex­pected across a swath of the east coast, and flash floods were a risk. Around 95 mil­lion peo­ple were un­der a heat warn­ing or ad­vi­sory for Sun­day, down from Satur­day’s 157 mil­lion.

Ear­lier in the day the NWS said “nu­mer­ous sta­tions” stretch­ing from Mas­sachusetts in the north to North Carolina in the south “were re­port­ing heat in­dex val­ues be­tween 100-110” de­grees, with the high­est val­ues found in the south­east of the state of Vir­ginia. Au­thor­i­ties urged peo­ple on Sun­day to stay hy­drated, watch out for the sick and el­derly, stay in­side as much as pos­si­ble and not leave chil­dren or an­i­mals in cars. “We’re al­most near the end of the heat emer­gency. Tem­per­a­tures will start to go back down tonight,” New York Mayor Bill de Bla­sio tweeted, ask­ing the city’s res­i­dents to “keep hy­drated and keep cool.” The NWS said it had recorded all-time high tem­per­a­tures on Satur­day in seven places in the US in­clud­ing Manch­ester, New Hamp­shire, At­lantic City, New Jer­sey and New York’s JFK air­port. US me­dia has blamed the heat wave for at least six deaths, in­clud­ing a hiker who had been found un­con­scious on a trail out­side Wash­ing­ton on Satur­day and two peo­ple who died ear­lier in the week in the eastern state of Mary­land.

In Arkansas, 32-year-old for­mer NFL player Mitch Petrus died of heat­stroke Thurs­day af­ter work­ing out­side his fam­ily’s shop.

Photo: AFP

Peo­ple en­joy the As­to­ria Pool on a hot af­ter­noon in Queens, New York City.

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