Heat wave scorches Northeast, New York and Boston as temperatures soar

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The brutal heat is weighing on much of the United States this weekend, with nearly 96 million Americans suffocated under heat advisories or warnings and heat indices in the Northeast hitting triple digits.

Officials up and down the Interstate 95 corridor urged residents to hydrate and watch for signs of heat-related illness as people flocked to swimming pools and cooling centers to relieve themselves in the cities stretching from Boston to DC

More than 30 National Weather Service stations could approach or exceed record high temperatures by Sunday, according to the NWS Weather Prediction Center said friday. High humidity is pushing the heat indexes — the temperature the air feels like — above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, an about-face from the relatively temperate northeastern start of summer.

“The ‘Dog Days of Summer’,” said the Weather Prediction Center, “have unquestionably arrived.”

extreme heat, should continue until early next week, is another harbinger that climate change is increasingly jeopardizing what is traditionally a time associated with a relaxing summer vacation. Temperatures are rising, wildfires are getting worse and droughts are becoming more frequent – a stark change from previous generations, scientists say.

Summer in America is getting hotter, longer and more dangerous

In some cities, the extreme heat this weekend caused major events to be changed for safety reasons. The Boston Triathlon originally scheduled for Sunday has been postponed until late August “due to the current heat emergency.” While the New York Triathlon and Duathlon are still scheduled to take place on Sunday, organizers announced they have shortened the bike and run segments of the competition.

“The safety of our athletes and everyone in attendance is our top priority,” New York Triathlon organizers said. said.

New York officials have been converting public spaces into cooling hubs and have come up with hydrant spray caps, which are meant to reduce the amount of water released if people open hydrants. fire to stay cool. The city weather station said the next two days would be the “hottest weekend of the year so far” in the region and warned that temperatures would climb into the 90s and could look even higher.

If New York’s heat wave lasts through Monday, it would match a similar seven-day heat wave in 2013, when heat indices reached at least 95 degrees every day.

Boston was ready to experience temperatures in the high 80s to high 90s on Saturday, with “comfortable” humidity levels. But the weather service warned of more oppressive heat conditions for Sunday, with heat index values ​​of up to 105 degrees.

Excessive heat can be dangerous, preventing the body from cooling down and possibly causing rapid heartbeat, nausea or loss of consciousness. Dangerous temperatures are forcing people up and down the Atlantic coast to figure out how to protect themselves.

What extreme heat does to the human body

Susan Driscoll, 58, said she was running earlier than usual to avoid the Boston heat. The photographer and personal trainer captured an image of the sunrise at Paul Revere Park on Saturday morning.

“The miles went down and the pace went down” because of the heat, she said, adding that she’s “listening to her body” this weekend.

“I didn’t have any races or anything on the agenda, thank goodness, because I could have gone out and walked,” Driscoll said.

In Philadelphia, where the heat index could reach the bottom in the middle of the 100 Sunday, firefighters implored residents not to use fire hydrants to calm down — warning that opening fire hydrants could cause damage to them and nearby property and people. He encouraged residents to find public pools and spray parks, In place.

The District of Columbia is bracing for temperatures to potentially reach triple digits for the first time since 2016. Temperatures there were already feeling like the mid-90s on Saturday morning and continuing to rise, said the Capital Weather Gang of the Washington Post. reported. In response, the city extended the hours of public swimming pools, opened cooling centers and increased the number of beds in its homeless shelters to give people a cool place to sleep.

The heat wave is particularly difficult for some residents of the northeast, where air conditioning is not as ubiquitous as in other parts of the country.

Lauren Kinsley said she has been working from her Manhattan home for the past few days to avoid the heat.

“I only have one air conditioner in my apartment – a window unit – but I’m trying to keep costs down,” said Kinsley, 32, who works in fundraising. “So it’s just been stuffy in my apartment pretty much this whole week, and right now I’ve just been out for coffee. And I came back soaked.

Kinsley said she planned to go see “Mrs. Harris is going to Paris” at a movie theater this weekend, in part because it means she’ll be in an air-conditioned space.

“But you have to brave the heat to get there,” she said, adding that she was waiting to run errands until the weather cooled.

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