Communities around the country are bracing for an extreme heatwave expected to last through the weekend.
What We Know:
- This week, several cities in the US could hit record temperatures.
- The heatwave will affect two-thirds of the country including major cities like Chicago, Boston, New York and Washington D.C. The weekend will bring highs of 97 in Chicago and Boston, 98 in New York and 100 in Washington D.C.
A scorching #heat wave will consume about two-thirds of the country mid to late week into the weekend. About a total of 20 to 30 record highs are possible this #Friday and #Saturday, from the Front Range of the south-central Rockies to the East Coast. #heatwave pic.twitter.com/VtrTlIbWsb
— National Weather Service (@NWS) July 16, 2019
- The National Weather Service released a statement saying temperatures will surge into the 90s and 100s across the country due to a large dome of high pressure.
- People in the central U.S. will be hit the hardest by the heatwave, according to The New York Times. The NWS advised residents of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois to expect a “prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures and high humidity.” Temperatures will rise to 102 in Kansa and hover in the 100s in Iowa.
- Visit this weather.gov for a full list of heat advisories.
- The U.S. is not the only place dealing with high temperatures, in fact, NASA reported this June was the hottest June ever recorded on Earth.
- People in affected areas are advised to stay indoors, drink plenty of fluids and avoid strenuous activities.
Everyone stay safe!