Published: Sun, July 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. bracing for extreme heat as weekend temperatures soar

U.S. bracing for extreme heat as weekend temperatures soar

Former NFL player Mitch Petrus, 32, fell ill while working outside Thursday during a heat advisory in Arkansas.

In Philadelphia, several hundred people were evacuated from a retirement community due to a partial power outage, though it wasn't immediately clear whether the problem was heat related.

Cities in Virginia and North Carolina will see some of the hottest air of the season.

Around the country, cities are mobilizing outreach teams, armed with copious amounts of water, to check on homeless people and provide transportation to get them to cooling centers.

"Take care of yourself, don't go out in the heat if you don't need to".

Saturday and Sunday are forecast to have highs in the low 90s and lows around 75, with heat indexes topping out around 103 degrees.

And it won't get any better at night time.

Around 86% of the lower 48 states are expected to see temperatures of at least 90 degrees Fahrenheit, while around half of those states will experience temperatures at least as high as 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

With record- or near-record-high temperatures at night when many air conditioned places are closed, the weather can become especially unsafe for people who don't get a chance to cool down, experts say. It will feel quite oppressive so it is imperative to take the precautions and heed the warnings. "The excessive heat and humidity may cause heat stress or heat stroke".

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People cool off in a water feature in the Navy Yard neighborhood during a heat wave in Washington.

A risky and potentially deadly heat wave threatens much of the continental U.S., with dozens of record high temperatures both in the daytime and in the evening expected this weekend.

But relief is coming. Late Sunday and into early Monday the high will begin to break down.

Due to the extreme heat in the city cancelled the competition for a triathlon in order to protect spectators and athletes. "As a result, in collaboration with the City of NY and all supporting agencies, Sunday's triathlon has been canceled".

In upstate New York, Saratoga Race Track has canceled all of Saturday's races. It was expected to intensify Saturday and Sunday.

"The health and safety of our horses and jockeys is our highest priority", said Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra.

Americans from Texas to ME sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave canceled events from festivals to horse races and pushed New York City to order steps to avoid straining the electrical system.

"We ask that our customers set their thermostat at 78 degrees (25.5 degrees Celsius)", energy provider Pepco's media relations manager Christina Harper told weather tracker AccuWeather. Public pools will be open an extra hour (until 8 p.m.) from Friday through Sunday, And the city will set up portable drinking fountains at busy pedestrian areas through Sunday.

Chicago has extended the hours for cooling centers throughout the city, from 9 a.m.to 7 p.m., said Alisa Rodriguez, Chicago's deputy commissioner of Homeless Services.

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