Scorching heat wave bakes US as heat index soars past 100 degrees Fahrenheit

Scorching heat wave bakes US as heat index soars past 100 degrees Fahrenheit

A relentless heat wave settled over the Midwest and East Coast, bringing brutally hot temperatures and oppressive humidity to tens of millions of Americans. The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that more than 175 million people in the U.S. were under excessive heat warnings and advisories until at least Saturday afternoon, with heat index readings rising well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 C).

To help those unable to escape the hot temperatures, major cities like Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia have opened cooling centers in public libraries and community centers. The city of Boston declared a heat emergency and emphasized the dangers of extreme heat on its website, stating that street outreach teams would provide water on their routes.

Officials and forecasters are urging people to stay out of the hot weather, especially those working or participating in outdoor activities, people aged 65 and older, children, and those with chronic illnesses. The NWS advised individuals to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms, avoid the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors.

In Philadelphia, where the heat index could reach 108 degrees F (42 C), officials extended public pool and spray ground hours. In New York City, where the heat index was expected to reach 103 degrees F (39 C), officials released a public service announcement video on social media reminding pet owners to keep their pets well hydrated.

New York City Deputy Mayor Philip Banks emphasized the dangers of extreme heat during a public safety briefing and urged residents to check on their neighbors and loved ones. Electric grid operators across the nation issued hot weather alerts and instructed energy companies to postpone unnecessary maintenance. However, no extreme actions had been taken by U.S. grid operators despite the extreme heat.

Experts in the field attribute the growing frequency and intensity of severe weather, including heat waves, to global, human-driven climate change. Heat waves are expected to persist through August in many parts of the world. Last month was the hottest June on record in the United States, with temperatures consistently above the 20th-century average for 532 consecutive months, according to the weather service.

The hot weather is expected to dissipate by late Saturday, giving way to chances of thunderstorms and milder temperatures next week, according to the weather service.

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