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Friday, July 1, 2022

Heat wave in parts of US; over 100 million affected

More than 100 million Americans are being warned to stay indoors if possible as high temperatures and humidity settle in states stretching from parts of the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes and the Carolinas in the east.

The National Weather Service Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said Monday that 107.5 million people will be affected by a combination of heat advisories, extreme heat warnings and extreme heat watches by Wednesday.

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The heat wave, which set multiple high temperature records in the West, Southwest and Denver during the weekend, moved east across the Gulf Coast and parts of the Midwest on Monday and will spread to the Great Lakes and east to the Carolinas, according to National Weather Service said.

St. Louis, Memphis, Minneapolis and Tulsa are under extreme heat warnings in several cities, with temperatures forecast to reach around 100 °F (38 °C), with high humidity that near 110 °F (43 °C). can feel the situation. Celsius).

In Jackson, Mississippi, temperatures reached 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) on Monday for residents to complete their work. Roger Britt, 67, went to a neighborhood garden looking for vegetables for dinner.

Britt thinks the weather in Jackson has been more unpredictable in recent years.

“It was very cold last winter, so I know it’s going to be a hot summer,” he said.

Several municipalities announced plans to open cooling centers, including in Chicago, where officials began warning residents on Monday about where they can find relief from the heat. The city plans to open six community service centers on Tuesday and Wednesday and people can also relax at the city’s 75 public libraries, a news release said.

The city intensified efforts to respond to heat waves after a 1995 heat wave killed more than 700 people, many of whom were elderly. The effort also comes after three women died at a senior housing facility during a brief heat wave last month, raising concerns about the city’s ability to respond to the brutally hot weather.

In North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County, which includes Charlotte, the local government opened cooling stations and the area transit system was offering free rides in some places.

And in South Carolina, polling workers are preparing for what could be one of the hottest days of the election on Tuesday, with maximum temperatures forecast to reach 100 °F (38 °C) and humidity 110 (43 °C). degree Celsius). ,

Poll managers are trying to find ways to protect those who must stand out to vote. A saving grace may be voting for midterm primaries which is often much shorter than in presidential elections. Another state has allowed early voting for the first time and more than 110,000 ballots have already been cast.

In Minneapolis, 14 schools that are not fully air-conditioned will be shifted to distance learning on Tuesday, while the city prepares for temperatures in the high 90s. Schools were due to end on 10 June, but a three-week teacher strike in April extended the last day to 24 June to make up for lost class time.

Last year, extreme heat pushed the same schools into distance learning for three days during the last week of classes.

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