In the US, the heat is increasing. More than 200 million people at risk
Since July 19 in the United States, the temperature began to reach heat peaks. Major cities are taking special measures to prepare for it, for example, New York declared an emergency, writes CNN.
Over the next few days, more than 85% of the population under the age of 48 will encounter temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius), and more than half will see temperatures above 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius), told CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.
According to the National Weather Service, about 200 millions of people were under excessive heat and received warnings of possible overheating.
Heat can break records and become deadly. On weekends, temperatures will rise across the East Coast and Midwest.
Excessive heat will be experienced by residents of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington. Excessive heat warnings will be issued in these cities - when the combination of heat and humidity creates the feeling that the air is heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40,6 degrees Celsius).
Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a “local emergency because of the heat” in New York and ordered the office building 100 feet (30 meters) to raise the temperature on the thermostats to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) in order to save energy.
“We are preparing for an emergency situation related to heat, and we must do everything possible to ensure the safety of New Yorkers. The city authorities will limit the use of energy in order to reduce the load on the power grid, and office buildings will also have to contribute, ”the mayor said.
Because of the extreme heat in the city, the triathlon competition was canceled in order to protect spectators and athletes.
The city will open near 500 air-conditioned "cooling centers" in public places. They will be open until 20: 00 from Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21. On Sunday, portable drinking fountains will be installed in busy pedestrian areas.
Canal Park in Washington, DC
The city has canceled horse racing at the Saratoga hippodrome and all races at the Maryland Jockey Club in Laurel, where the heat index will reach 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit (43-46 degrees Celsius).
“The health and safety of our horses and jockeys is our top priority,” said Sal Sinatra, president and CEO of the Maryland jockey club.
Excessive heat waves have been warned to major cities across the region, including Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and St. Louis.
In the state of Wisconsin Madison, on Friday, the heat index reached 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius). Because of the fires that arose in the two electrical substations, 13 thousands of consumers were left without light.
In Detroit, they also open cooling centers that work on weekdays and weekends.
In addition, the City Hall and the Detroit Police Department will inspect the homeless to take them to the cooling centers. Detroit authorities are urging residents to drink plenty of water, reduce outdoor activities, and check family members and neighbors.
Heat increased due to climate crisis
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, June 2019 of the year was the hottest in the history of observations in the world. Will July beat this record is not clear.
Experts say that the heat is increasing due to the threat of climate change. According to last year’s climate estimate, the number of hot days in the United States is increasing.
The number of heat waves has also increased from two a year to six a year over the past five decades. The threat is particularly pronounced in the northeast of the country, by the year 2050 may occur before the 650 deaths per year due to intense heat.
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