Severe heat in the US: The heat in the Pacific Northwest will intensify this week while the Northeast is expected to see a relief

Severe temperatures broke several records over the weekend and prompted local officials to declare thermal emergencies. Cities baking under the prolonged heat have also moved to provide relief measures, including cooling stations, spray platforms and extra communication for people experiencing homelessness.

Concern for participant safety has prompted New York City triathlon organizers to dramatically cut race distances and urge athletes to stay hydrated. Boston’s annual triathlon event has been postponed until next month due to the city’s sweltering heat, which set a daily record at 100 degrees on Sunday.
The weekend saw sweltering temperatures put more than 90 million people under high temperature alerts on Sunday across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, the Ohio River Valley and the Central Plains. Northeastern cities have been particularly hard hit, with many smashing high temperature records, including Providence, Rhode Island and Hartford, Connecticut.
Boston and Philadelphia, which hit a record high of 99 degrees on Sunday, extended heat emergency warnings until Monday, warning residents to take measures to avoid heat-related illnesses such as thermometers — a measure of how hot the weather is due to the mixed heat and humidity. – It’s expected to be in the nineties.

“With the heat emergency prolonged for the second time, it is clear that climate change poses a public health threat to our city,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said in a statement. “I am grateful to the many city employees who helped us get through the first part of this emergency, and I urge residents to continue caring for each other.”

Excessive heat poses real health risks, particularly for high-risk groups such as the elderly, children, and people with chronic illnesses and mental health problems, according to the CDC. When people’s bodies are not able to cool enough or lose a lot of water, they may be at risk of potentially life-threatening conditions such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
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On Saturday, at least one person died from heat exposure in New York City, according to the medical examiner’s office, which indicates the man had preexisting conditions. The high temperature in the city that day was 97 degrees.

More than 40 million people across the United States are exposed to heat alerts on Monday morning, Primarily in the northeastern and central United States and the Pacific Northwest. But after Tuesday, temperatures in the northeast will begin to drop closer to normal levels.

In the central United States, parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi are subject to heat warnings. Heat indicators in the area could reach 112 degrees through Tuesday.

Meanwhile, parts of the Pacific Northwest — which have had a cooler start to the year than their eastern counterparts — are subject to several hours of excessive heat on Monday that will likely be upgraded to heat warnings as the day goes on. These high temperatures are expected to extend through the week and may continue into next week as well.

Overheating causes power outages at the weekend

The scorching heat left tens of thousands without power over the weekend as sweltering temperatures led to power outages, conditions exacerbated in some areas by persistent storms.

In Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, nearly 20,000 customers were affected by blackouts on Sunday, electric company Eversource said in a statement.

Eversource was restoring power to nearly 7,500 customers remaining on Sunday afternoon, advising residents to avoid using large appliances during peak hours and set their thermostats to a few degrees higher than normal to reduce energy use.

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New York City’s Con Edison Electric said its workers continued to “recover sporadic outages caused by the scorching heat” Sunday afternoon as the company also braces for another weather challenge — anticipate thunderstorms on Monday.

The company did not say how many of its customers were affected by the outage, but said in a statement on Sunday that its employees are “replacing and repairing cables and other equipment to bring customers back into service.”

The company said it plans to bring in additional staff to help repair damaged wiring and equipment in anticipation of Monday’s storms.

Saturday afternoon storms in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, knocked out power to more than 10,000 customers, leaving affected residents without power as near-record temperatures were forecast across the region.

Local energy company West Penn Power said in a statement that high temperatures are affecting its services Sunday, even as it braces for additional storms. The company said on Twitter On Sunday, it was working to restore service to about 6,000 customers without power, down from about 39,000 customers affected.

Samantha Beach, Haley Brink, William Riley, Emily Chang and Benjamin Schiller of CNN contributed to this report.

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