Temperatures in the mid-90s to 100 degrees sounds bad, but the most significant aspect of the heatwave will be the overnight temperatures."
Meteorologists claim that nearly half the country will see temperatures of at least 95 degrees over the next seven days, according to CNN. This means that more than 70 million people are under heat watches, warnings or advisories in different parts of the country, including the Midwest, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday.
"Temperatures in the mid-90s to 100 degrees sounds bad, but the most significant aspect of the heatwave will be the overnight temperatures," CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said. "Low temperatures from the Midwest to the Northeast will be in the mid to upper 70s. In some locations, the overnight temperatures may not drop below 80 degrees."
Widespread, dangerous heat wave to expand across much of the U.S. |— Michael Behiels (@67Capt_Canuck) July 16, 2019
Century old Heat records are about to be broken all across the USA over the few days. https://t.co/c9Te9fWdMn
Ward also mentioned that dozens of locations will set records for warm overnight low temperatures. "Heatwaves tend to bring the most severe impacts when the overnight lows are well above normal because there is no relief for people's bodies or homes to cool down," he said.
The temperatures reached 115 degrees in Phoenix on Tuesday, which is just three degrees short of the record set in 1925. For this time of the year, the normal temperature has been 106 degrees.
NWS said the night time temperature was expected to be around 90 degrees. The heat warnings also included parts of the Carolinas and stretched into the Southern Plains, all the way from Oklahoma City to Dallas, where heat records will approach 110 degrees, according to the weather service reports.
A lot of the Midwest region, including St Louis, Wichita, Omaha, and Kansas City, are under heat watches, as the temperature is expected to touch 100 degrees over the coming days, the NWS said.
Useful info for this heat wave that's hitting a good chunk of the USA and Canada. pic.twitter.com/97RjpgpqTi— Melody Hasse (@Redheat15) July 16, 2019
Northeastern temperatures are expected to be scorching over the weekend. DC, Philadelphia and New York City are expected to have temperatures way up in the triple digits.
To keep yourself safe during the heatwave, make sure to stay hydrated at all times. Drink plenty of water and juices. Alcohol is only going to make you dehydrated, so just keep that in mind before you decide to down a six-pack.
Enjoy the NICE weather while it lasts! The HIGHEST temperatures of the season arrive with especially steamy conditions by the end of the week. #HeatWave @NBCPhiladelphia @Telemundo62 pic.twitter.com/67FEYAwUgK— Bill Henley (@BillHenleyUSA) July 15, 2019
Also, stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible to avoid a heat stroke or a sunburn. You don't want that. You can even go watch a movie at a mall. If you like staying at home, do that because that's the best thing to do when the temperatures are soaring.
If you need to step out and can't avoid it, then wear loose-fitting clothes. We'll give you another opportunity to dress up and show off your svelte figure.
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Remember to make sure you don't leave your pets or your children out in the car in this heat. It is not safe. It would be a good idea to keep an eye out on your neighbors, your friends and call 911 if you sense something's wrong.
If you think someone is suffering from heat-related symptoms and you don't know how to handle it, please seek immediate help, instead of trying to handle it yourself. You could do more damage than good.
I feel like the heatwave over the USA has gotten really bad, and that’s why. My mom and I have pretty much been suffering the past couple weeks, and a few other people I know had similar experiences. Headaches and dizziness and all.— Phillip Tackett (@CrimsonCyclo) July 13, 2019