Monday, a heat wave hit the northeastern US and will continue through Wednesday, the heat is expected to break records along the east coast, and the National Weather Service has warned that the triple-digit temperatures could make the situation very dangerous.
An excessive heat advisory has been issued for cities in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and northeastern Maryland, and additional advisories are expected for other cities. Temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees and the humidity will be very high, creating a “dangerous situation” in many areas, according to the National Weather Service.
Monday, a Good Morning America report showed that during excessive heat a body sweats out about a liter of water every hour, showing how important it is to drink plenty of fluids.
A heat wave along the east coast in 1980 killed over 1,250 people, according to the National Weather Service.
A heat advisory is in effect in Philadelphia until Wednesday night. In New York City it is effective to 2 p.m. Monday until 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Residents of the northeastern US have been strongly warned to “drink plenty of fluids,” stay out of the sun, and stay in air-conditioned rooms. If you have friends or relatives who live alone check on them frequently.
In New York City, cooling centers are available and can be found by calling 311, the National Weather Service reported Monday.
To see a slideshow of photos of heat waves and how people are beating it, click here.
The hottest day in many areas will be Tuesday, with high temperatures reaching 100-102 degrees, and heat index values up to 106.
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Source: The National Weather Service, CNN and Good Morning America
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