More than 150 million people are suffering from heatwave in United States

Wednesday, August 23, 2023


A formidable heatwave is sweeping across the United States, bringing scorching temperatures and soaring humidity levels that have placed around 150 million individuals under heat advisories and warnings. This heatwave is particularly potent, with the Midwest experiencing its most significant heat event in years, while the South continues to endure the relentless heat it has faced throughout the summer.

Intense Heat Everywhere

Excessive heat warnings span 16 states, stretching from Minnesota to Louisiana, and affecting cities including Minneapolis, Dallas, St. Louis, and Chicago. The heat indexes, which factor in both air temperature and relative humidity, are predicted to surge to extreme levels, reaching as high as 130 degrees in some regions. This intense heat poses a heightened risk of heat-related illnesses, especially for vulnerable populations, as the dangerous conditions persist.

Warm Night Temperature

The situation is exacerbated by the fact that nighttime temperatures remain considerably warm, compounding the risks associated with this heatwave. Authorities have issued urgent advice to the public, emphasizing the importance of staying hydrated, seeking effective cooling, and minimizing outdoor activities, as prolonged exposure could be life-threatening.

Mercury level Up

Record-breaking temperatures are anticipated across the Midwest, Ohio Valley, and the South through Thursday. As the weekend approaches, the Gulf Coast is expected to face record heat, followed by a return to sweltering conditions in the Desert Southwest.

The heatwave’s intensity is exacerbated by high humidity levels, leading to extreme heat index values. Locations like Lawrence, Kan., and Ottawa, Kan., have already experienced heat indexes as high as 134 degrees. The heat footprint extends from the Plains into the South, with temperatures in the 100s across many areas.

Chicago and its surrounding areas are under an excessive heat warning, anticipating temperatures in the upper 90s to around 100, coupled with heat indexes exceeding 110. These conditions are rare for the region and underscore the severity of the heatwave.

Breaking All Records

This extreme heat is breaking records across various regions, from the Rockies to Texas and beyond. Cities like Wichita, Abilene, and Lake Charles have already reached temperatures in the triple digits, setting new records. The heatwave’s longevity is also remarkable, with some areas experiencing a string of days above 100 degrees, reminiscent of the Dust Bowl era. This heatwave’s upper-level high-pressure system even surpasses the intensity of the notorious 1936 heatwave.

As August progresses, record highs are continuing to be broken, with more than 1,600 records set across the nation. The Gulf Coast region is particularly vulnerable, with further records expected.

In the face of this unprecedented heatwave, it’s crucial for individuals to take heed of warnings, prioritize safety, and follow guidance from authorities to mitigate the potentially life-threatening impacts of the extreme temperatures and high humidity.

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