Heat warnings cover more than 20 states in the Southern Plains and parts of the Northeast today, and temperatures next week will break 100-year records for 60 million people. At the same time, a similar heat wave is bringing record temperatures to Western Europe, according to CNN. .jpg” alt=”A heat wave is approaching the USA: people are advised to drink … beer” />
« A dangerous heat wave will continue to affect much of the US this week, with more than 100 million people currently under an extreme heat warning,” the Weather Prediction Center said.
This means that one-third of the US population is under extreme heat advisories and warnings, and more than 80% of the US population (about 265 million Americans) will see temperatures in excess of 37C over the next seven days.
Hottest Temperatures will again be concentrated over the southern plains.
Today and tomorrow, more than two dozen record highs are possible for the US south, including Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, and the East Coast is also about to make this list.
Temperatures hit 40C throughout the state of Oklahoma today, according to Oklahoma Mesonet, a joint weather update system with Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma.
“This is the first time in our network's history (since the mid-1990s) when 120 sites hit that milestone on the same day. Until today, we had 2 days when all sites scored 37C or higher (7.9.11 and 10.07.11),” the project says in a tweet.
Several record highs were set in Texas and Oklahoma today as the region experiences very high temperatures. Abilene, Texas, and Oklahoma City broke records set in 1936, with temperatures reaching 43C in both, according to CNN meteorologist Mike Saenz.
In addition, Wichita Falls, San Angelo, and International Midland Aerospace Port in Texas broke records set in 2018, Saenz said.
Temperatures in parts of the northeast will also approach daily records on July 20 and 21.
“Heat advisories are also in effect July 20 for parts of the northeast, including the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia to Boston, where heat index values are forecast to reach nearly 37C,” the Weather Prediction Center said.Severe heat affects Texas prisons and makes outdoor activities dangerous
After a record hot day on July 18, the southern plains again faced dangerous heat.
Dallas approached its daily record of 43C yesterday but peaked at 42.7C, making it the hottest day of the year.
Even first responders are falling victim to the scorching temperatures. A firefighter in Robertson County, Texas, suffered heatstroke on July 19 when the temperature rose to about 45C while fighting a wildfire that was caused by a resident burning garbage, according to the Robertson County Emergency Management Facebook page.
The report said the fire destroyed one building before fire brigades stopped it from spreading.
And some Texas prisons where prisoners are held do not have working air conditioners, as stated on July 19 State Department of Criminal Justice.
“There are 100 TDCJ units, 31 with full air conditioning, 55 with partial air conditioning and 14 without air conditioning. We are taking numerous precautions to reduce exposure to high temperatures for those incarcerated in our facilities,” said agency spokeswoman Amanda Hernandez.
The agency reports that some inmates have become ill from the effects of heat and need medical care.
“In 2022, seven inmates required medical attention, in addition to first aid, for heat-related injuries, none of which were fatal,” Hernandez said, adding that the agency accepted measures to ensure the safety of prisoners.
“The department uses a number of measures to ensure the safety of prisoners. Everyone has access to ice and water.
Fans are strategically placed in the rooms to move air around,” Hernandez said. Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories are in effect through July 20 in North and Central Texas.
“Temperatures will rise to 42-43C in the warning zone,” the Fort Worth National Weather Service said.
The southern and midwestern states are also boiling
As temperatures rise, low humidity, and wind speeds, a critical fire threat also exists for northern Texas and central Oklahoma.
Today, Oklahoma City can see highs approaching 43C, breaking their record of 42C. installed back in 1936.
“The last time we had a significant heat wave was in 2011. We had 63 days where the temperature was greater than or equal to 37C,” said Vivek Mahale, meteorologist at the Normandy National Meteorological Service.
Mahale expects above-average heatwaves to continue until at least July 24, with each day hitting the 37C mark. This month, at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City, temperatures were in the high 37s for nine days.
He advised the best thing to do to prepare is to test vulnerable populations as temperatures will be five to seven degrees warmer norms.
“We really want to stress the importance of checking on your friends, family and neighbors during a heat wave, especially vulnerable populations like the elderly,” Mahale said.
About 8,800 customers in western Arkansas where temperatures , forecast to reach 41C, were left without power around noon on July 19 after the hurricane damaged the local electrical system. While more than 40 electrical poles were knocked down by the hurricane, Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers said “the problem here is the heat.”
A Paris high school has reopened for people “who need a cool place to rest after yesterday's storm,” according to a Facebook post.
“Don't try to beat the heat,” the mayor said. – Heat-related illness is a serious matter.”
In Louisiana, on July 21, a funeral will be held for a Natchitoches Police Department officer who died on the evening of July 16 as a result of “an unexpected heat-related medical incident while working at the city,” the police department posted on Facebook on July 19. Natchitoches is located about 120 km southeast of Shreveport.
“Please continue to support his family and all who have had the privilege of knowing Officer Brian Alliff in your thoughts and prayers,” the statement said.
North Michigan's Occupational Safety and Health Administration urged employers to be be aware of the dangers of heat and help prevent thermal consequences.
“Whether you work indoors or outdoors, hot and humid conditions can pose a serious health risk to workers, but heat-related illnesses are preventable,” the director of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a press release. Bart Pickelman.
Employers should have detailed procedures in place to monitor the heat index, provide water, and care for a sick employee, he says.
New York, Boston and Philadelphia prepare for a hot week
July 20th heat advisory for the Northeast, including New York, Boston and Philadelphia.
“Ominous heat and humidity are back this week,” the Boston National Weather Service wrote.
Heat index values - the temperature felt when heat combines with humidity – can reach 42C in some areas, creating dangerous conditions for residents of the Mid-Atlantic and New England.
Heat and humidity will cover not only the coast. Upstate New York can also experience well above average temperatures.
In Albany, New York, the temperature rises above the average of 29C for this time of year, and the city could approach its record of 36C on July 21 due to suffocating heat.
Worse yet, the humidity combined with heat will make the temperature feel 2-5 degrees hotter.
“It will be a little warmer than the usual hot and humid weather that happens in July,” said Mike Evans, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Albany , New York.
The US is unlikely to see significant relief next week. The Climate Prediction Center says above-average temperatures are likely to continue next week for most of the 48 states with cooler temperatures.
Drink to cool down
Doctors generally discourage alcohol on a hot day, but at the height of the heat, a doctor tweeted that beer could help with dehydration, according to the NewYorkPost.
Academic Ellie Makin Roberts sparked a buzz when she recently tweeted 10 steps that help beat the heat.
Tip #9 was, “If you're dehydrated and you're an adult and you can do it, drink half a pint of beer, including non-alcoholic beer.”
Dr. Stuart Galloway of the University of Stirling told Femail that the drink contains electrolytes, sugar and salt, which help the body retain fluid rather than lose it.
“Beer has a relatively high water content and contains some electrolytes, so if a small amount is consumed as part of your daily fluid intake along with soft drinks like water, beer could be part of a plan to prevent dehydration during a heat wave,” Galloway said. , who is also the resident hydration expert for British bottled water brand Aqua Pura.
“However, you should be aware that alcoholic beverages will lead to dehydration if you drink more than one or two drinks,” he continued. – With beer in particular, if you drink more than two liters, it will most likely have a negative impact on your hydration status.”
Sports drinks also help because, like beer, they contain electrolytes, salt and sugar, but definitely stay away from hot coffee and tea.
According to an Associated Press report, the UK broke its record for the hottest temperature ever recorded on July 19 as temperatures soared to 41C in east England. This broke the 2019 record of 38.3C in the UK.