Published: Fri, July 19, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Risky heat through the weekend; tracking next round of storms

Risky heat through the weekend; tracking next round of storms

The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S.in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to unsafe levels through the weekend.

Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on relatives and neighbors.

It is the kind of heat that caused a road to buckle in Oklahoma and has led the city of Chicago to open cooling centers, slow trains to relieve heat stress on the tracks and put police on alert for air conditioning theft.

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning starting Thursday for the next three days. Lows will be in the lower 70s both nights. Michelle says overnight temperatures Friday into Saturday are not expected to offer any relief from the heat. Richard Bann, with the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center, tells NPR the dome will deflect weather patterns around its periphery. Beyond that, Sunday has been slightly downgraded to a heat advisory - although there is still a chance this will be a heat warning as well. This heat dome is sprawled over the eastern half of the nation, resulting in oppressive heat and humidity from the Central Plains to the Northeast. Actual high temperatures this weekend will soar into the mid and upper 90s, but when you add the humidity it will feel more like 100-105.

Through Friday, Washington has hit 90 degrees or higher on 28 days. On Saturday, 101 records could fall in an area stretching from Texas to Iowa and east to ME and Florida, according to projections.

"We have a couple of big fans. We have ceiling fans", Knight, 63, said Wednesday while enjoying temperatures in the mid-80s (about 29 degrees Celsius) from her front porch. "At night, we're in the house". New York, Philadelphia and the nation's capital already under a heat emergency.

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Such heat can be deadly.

A boy plays in a fountain to cool off as temperatures approach 100 degrees Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. Numerous dead were poor, elderly and lived alone. Humidity will be dropping rapidly as well.

"It's very important to hydrate your children two hours before they go to an event", Newington Parks and Recreation Supt.

Never leave a person or pet in an unattended vehicle.

"Know your limitations and balance activity with measures to help your body stay cool".

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