More than 111 million people in the United States face extreme heat

More than 111 million people in the United States face extreme heat

More than 57 million people in the U.S. South and Southwest were under an extreme heat warning Saturday afternoon — the most extreme category of heat conditions — as temperatures across the Gulf Coast and parts of the Southwest soared to record highs and were expected to remain high through early next week.

The warnings reached as far north as southern Illinois and the area around St. Louis, which the National Weather Service said was expected to take effect. The seventh day of Heat indicators over 100 degrees.

The Heat Index factors in humidity — which can make the air feel swampier and more stuffy — to determine how hot it feels even at a deceptively low air temperature.

“Extreme heat and abnormally high overnight temperatures will continue in the South” through the weekend, meteorologists at the Weather Prediction Center said early Saturday morning, adding that “record high temperatures will likely be tied or broken.” and widespread declines throughout the country. Gulf Beach.

Another 54 million people were under a high temperature warning as of Saturday afternoon, including in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest.

Meteorologists warned residents that they should “not underestimate” the health risks posed by extreme heat, which can lead to serious illness or death.

The heat index is also expected to reach the New Orleans area “Oppressive” levels. Temperatures on Saturday reached 118 degrees in Covington and 115 degrees in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, meteorologists said.

High temperatures are expected to reach 102 in New Orleans and 105 in Baton Rouge on Saturday. Which would break daily temperature records in both cities.

Forecasters In Phoenix Residents can expect a high of 113 degrees on Saturday, he said, adding that a “stretch of record temperatures” will begin Sunday and continue into early next week, reaching 115 degrees on Monday and Tuesday.

Memphis recorded a high of 102 on Friday, breaking the daily record of 101 set in 1943. Then it recorded at least 80 on Saturday, a degree higher than the record set in 2014.

Heat indexes are also expected to exceed 110 on Saturday in Little Rock, Arkansas; Macon and Columbus, Georgia; Lafayette, Louisiana; Tulsa, Okla. Tallahassee, Florida; and Gulfport, Biloxi and Jackson, Miss.

The southern regions are experiencing extreme heat this summer, exacerbated by stifling humidity and scarcity of rainfall.

While it may be difficult to link any weather event directly to climate change, scientists have no doubt that heat waves around the world are becoming hotter, more frequent and longer-lasting.

The 2018 National Climate Assessment, a major scientific report prepared by 13 federal agencies, noted that the number of hot days is increasing, and that the frequency of heat waves in the United States jumped to six per year by the 2000s from an average of two per year. In the sixties.

The report stated that the heatwave season is now 45 days longer than it was in the 1960s.

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