UNITED STATES: A heatwave in the Midwest and East Coast caused extreme temperatures and humidity, affecting millions of Americans. The National Weather Service (NWS) reported high midday heat index values, putting over 175 million Americans under excessive warnings and advisories until Saturday afternoon.
Major cities like Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia have established cooling centres in public libraries and community centres to help those affected by extreme heat. Boston issued an emergency warning, stating that street outreach teams would distribute water along their routes, warning of potential health risks and even fatalities.
City officials and weather forecasters in the United States are advising residents to avoid the heat because it can lead to illnesses, especially for those who work outside or engage in outdoor activities, elderly adults aged 65 and older, children, and individuals with chronic conditions.
Philadelphia’s public pool and spray grounds hours were extended on Friday and Saturday due to the high heat index, potentially reaching 108 degrees F. New York City officials posted a public service notice on social media, advising pet owners to keep them hydrated.
Deputy Mayor Philip Banks advised citizens to check on friends, family, and neighbours and emphasize the need for strategic measures to combat the dangerous heat.
Electric grid managers warned of the hot weather and urged the energy sector to put off unnecessary upkeep. Despite the intense heat, no drastic measures were taken by grid operators.
According to experts , the increasing frequency and severity of severe weather are symptoms of a global, human-driven climate change that is causing extremes, with heat waves projected to continue through August in many parts of the world.
Since records have been kept in the United States in 1850, last June in the United States was the hottest on record, with temperatures above normal.
According to the weather service, the scorching weather that has pervaded much of the United States is anticipated to pass by late Saturday, leaving behind the possibility of thunderstorms and warm temperatures throughout next week.