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More than 85 million Americans are the subject of heat-related advisories: NPR

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If you’re trying to beat the heat, you’re far from alone. More than 85 million Americans are subject to excessive heat warnings and heat advisories on Sunday, and many places in the northeast will likely reach or beat record high temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

The heat wave extends from the center-south to the mid-Atlantic and northeast. In many places, temperatures were approaching triple digits, prompting warnings and emergency measures from authorities in several states.

While summer is traditionally the season for heat, the temperatures people experience today are not the same as in decades past.

Global warming means that today’s heat waves are more intense and they also last longer. The heat wave season has increased by more than 40 days since the 1960s for many US cities, according to the latest national climate assessment from the US Global Change Research Program.

For some it hasn’t been this hot in decades

A heat advisory remains in place for New York, where the National Weather Service has warned that the heat index — what the temperature looks like — could reach 100 to 105 degrees in some areas. This would make the city almost as hot as it was on July 9, 1936, when the temperature set a record 106 degrees. At least one person died from heat-related issues on Saturday, according to The New York Times.

More than 85 million Americans are the subject of heat-related advisories: NPR

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In Boston, the predicted high for Sunday is 99 degrees, which would break the daily record of 98 degrees set in 1933. Forecasts caused the Boston Triathlon, originally scheduled for Sunday, to be pushed back to the end of August. In a statement, organizers cited “current historic weather conditions impacting Boston.”

In neighboring Rhode Island, ttemperatures reached 96 degrees in Providence in the early afternoon and broke the previous record of 94 degrees which was set in 1987.

As part of its weekend high temperature advisories, the National Weather Service reminded people that exercise in extreme heat should be limited where possible and everyone should try to stay hydrated.

Relief is in sight for those in the northeast, thanks to an approaching cold front. Temperatures are expected to cool down from Monday evening.

It could be a summer for the Texas record books

The National Weather Service said the “unpleasant heat” that so many people know extends to the southern plains and to the southwest. In Texas, the National Weather Service warned residents of extreme heat for much of July. Houston has had so many 100-degree days so far this year that forecasters are predicting this summer will move into the top five in the 100-degree day tally.

A prolonged heat wave in the West

Residents of the Pacific Northwest are likely to be in for a “prolonged heat wave” that is expected to peak in the second half of the week.

“Daily record high temperatures are possible from Northern California to the Portland and Seattle metro areas by next Tuesday,” the NWS said.

High temperatures are expected to persist all week, leaving places like Seattle with the potential for temperatures above 90 degrees for record sequences.



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