Millions of Americans Feel the Effect of Intense Heat

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The greater part of America is experiencing searing heat, affecting more than 40 million people across the Plains and Central California. Temperatures for this week rose 10 to 15 degrees above normal.

“Dangerous heat will continue to impact much of the central and parts of southwestern US today,” said the Weather Prediction Center.

Extreme heat advisories have been raised in several states including Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, Texas, and the Dakotas. Similarly, weather authorities have also warned states that the expected temperatures in the coming weeks could break records in the U.S.

Heat indices in some parts of Oklahoma, Texas, and South Dakota are to reach 111 degrees, experts say. Heat indices are the degree of temperature of the body when the humidity and the actual heat is combined.

Experts are sure that the temperatures in the following days will reach and even break the 90- and 100-degree threshold.

For instance, San Joaquin Valley is now under excessive heat warning after temperatures have risen dramatically and projected to surge up to 108 degrees.

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Three-digit temperatures felt across the country

Three-digit temperatures are forecasted to affect over 60 million people across the country, or about 20% of the population.

Among all the areas envisaged to experience warmer temperatures, the Southern Plains will be hard hit by the phenomenon, including Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. These extreme warm conditions are expected to last until next week.

The month of July seen dramatic increase in temperatures, stressing citizens as they had to stay indoors and amp up the use of their air conditioning systems. The amplified use of air conditioners among households will cause electric bills to shoot up. And with this, the exhaustion of the power grids.

In Texas, authorities say, heat will be at an all time high, and if the trend continues with people using air conditioners 24/7, it is possible that blackouts will happen.

Dallas is also projected to reach 110 degrees, the highest since 1980. And the heat will not only last in the morning but persist until the evening as well. As per weather bureaus, temperatures in the night will not go down 80 degrees.

Temperatures in South Dakota will also reach triple-digits, rising 15 degrees above normal.

Meanwhile, Rapid City reached 104 degrees today, the highest since 1934. Rapid City’s National Weather Service has strongly recommended its citizens to stay mostly indoors and only go out if necessary. It as advisable to go out their homes during periods where temperatures have gone down.

Higher temperatures make room for more disasters

“With the heat, low relative humidity, and gusty southerly winds, critical fire weather conditions are likely this afternoon into the early evening hours,” said the North Platte weather service to the public.

In a statement, they said “There is also a threat for high based, dry thunderstorms which may produce lightning and gusty erratic winds in the vicinity of thunderstorms.” This after North Platte, along with Scottsbluff and Nebraska, were forecasted to experience the same level of heat intensity.

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Experts told people to consume fluids frequently and to stay inside their homes.

In Southwest US, the problem is even amplified due to the ongoing drought in the area. 60% of California declared extreme drought levels (level 3 of 4) as well as San Joaquin Valley (level 4 of 4). The extreme right is exacerbating the drought.

Furthermore, risks for wildfires has increased. “The combination of breezy conditions, intense heat, plentiful sun, and dry vegetation will create a heightened threat for wildfires on Wednesday,” said  weather service agency.

Ft. Worth weather service has released an order urging citizens of the area to do away with open fire, especially starting it near dry gasses. Burn ban has been put up in Texas to prevent wildfires from starting.

Source: CNN

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Ivan Ryan

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