130 million Americans underneath risk of record-breaking heatwave | EUROtoday

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Roughly 130 million folks had been underneath risk Saturday and into subsequent week from a long-running warmth wave that already has damaged information with dangerously excessive temperatures — and is predicted to shatter extra from East Coast to West Coast, forecasters mentioned.

Oppressive warmth and humidity may group as much as spike temperatures above 100 levels Fahrenheit (about 38 levels Celsius) in elements of the Pacific Northwest, the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, mentioned Jacob Asherman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

In Oregon, information may very well be damaged in cities together with Eugene, Portland and Salem, Asherman mentioned. Dozens of different information all through the U.S. may fall, Asherman mentioned, inflicting hundreds of thousands to hunt aid from the blanket of warmth in cooling facilities from Bullhead City, Arizona, to Norfolk, Virginia.

“Certainly a pretty anomalous event that we’re expecting here, which looks like it will continue through at least midweek,” Asherman mentioned.

At the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon, music followers handled warmth Friday by ingesting chilly water, looking for refuge within the shade or freshening up underneath water misters.

Angela Quiroz, 31, saved her scarf and hat moist and utilized sunscreen at she protected herself from the warmth on the music pageant.

“Definitely a difference between the shade and the sun,” Quiroz said. “But when you’re in the sun, it feels like you’re cooking.”

On Friday, a new heat record for the day was set in California’s Death Valley — one of the hottest places on Earth. The previous high shattered by 5 degrees F, with the mercury climbing to 127 F (52.8 C.) The old mark of 122 F (50 C) was last tied in 2013.

More extreme highs are in the near forecast, including 129 F (53.8 degrees C) for Sunday at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park, and then around 130 (54.4 C) through Wednesday. The hottest temperature ever officially recorded on Earth was 134 degrees (56.67 C) in Death Valley in July 1913, though some experts dispute that measurement and say the real record was 130 F (54.4 C) recorded there in July 2021.

There was also a record high for the date of 118 F (47.7 C) in Phoenix, where highs of 115 F (46.1 C) or hotter were forecast through Wednesday. In Needles, California, where the National Weather Service has records dating to 1888, the high of 122 F (50 C) edged the old mark of 121 F (49.4 C) set in 2007. It was 124 F (51.1) in Palm Springs, California.

The worst was yet to come across much of the West, with triple-digit temperatures likely — between 15 and 30 degrees (8 and 16 degrees Celsius) higher than average into next week, the National Weather Service said.

The Eastern U.S. also was bracing for more hot temperatures. Baltimore and others parts of Maryland were under an excessive heat warning, as heat index values could climb to 110 F (43 C), forecasters said.

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors,” said a National Weather Service advisory for the Baltimore area. “Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.”

In Arizona’s Maricopa County, which encompasses Phoenix, there have been at the least 13 confirmed heat-related deaths this yr, together with greater than 160 different suspected warmth deaths are nonetheless underneath investigation, in keeping with the county’s most up-to-date report.

That doesn’t embody the demise of a 10-year-old boy earlier this week in Phoenix who suffered a “heat-related medical event” whereas mountain climbing with household at South Mountain Park and Preserve, in keeping with police.

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