‘Dangerous’ heatwave in US threatens to rewrite history

A woman protects herself from the sun with an umbrella during a heat wave on July 15, 20223 in Tucson, Arizona.  - AFP
A woman protects herself from the sun with an umbrella during a heat wave on July 15, 20223 in Tucson, Arizona. – AFP

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast on Sunday that parts of the United States are expected to endure record temperatures over the next week, warning of “dangerous” heat levels.

Nearly a third of Americans are currently under a heat advisory as extreme temperatures are expected for many states next week.

The weather office urged people not to underestimate the risk to life as temperatures of 118°F (48°C) were recorded in Phoenix and Arizona the day before. BBC informed of.

According to the data, the mercury reached 110 °F (43 °C) for the 16th consecutive day in the US, which is almost a record.

As of publication, homeless people suffering from third-degree burns were being treated at mobile clinics in the areas.

Hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth

Death Valley in California – one of the hottest places in the world – is expected to be 129°F (54°C), which is close to the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

Local records could also be set in the San Joaquin Valley, Mojave Desert and Great Basin regions on Sunday, the weather office said.

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 700 people are estimated to die each year in the US from heat-related causes.

The NWS previously said temperatures in the US Southwest were the result of an upper-level ridge of high pressure that typically brings warm temperatures with it, adding that the heatwave was the “strongest” system of its kind. is one of the Area.

Las Vegas, Nevada could also record its all-time high temperature of 117°F (47°C) over the next few days.

Weather officials there warned locals who thought they could handle the temperatures that it was “not your typical desert heat”.

The NWS in Las Vegas tweeted, “‘It’s the desert, of course it’s hot’ – it’s a dangerous mindset!”.

“This heatwave is not a typical desert heatwave because of its long duration, extreme day temperatures and hot nights. Everyone needs to take this heatwave seriously, including people living in the desert.”

The NWS also warned that “severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and flooding will be possible in many locations,” including the northeastern New England region of the US.

Parts of the American Southwest have been battling extremely warm temperatures since last week. In El Paso, Texas, temperatures have been in the triple digits Fahrenheit for 27 days in a row.

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