Residents of the northeastern United States braced for potentially record high temperatures on Sunday as a nearly week-long heat wave continued, prompting officials to warn of “dangerous” heat.
At least one heat-related death in New York was reported during the sweltering weather. Across the region, sporting events have been shortened or postponed, and cities have opened cooling centers and even turned to buses to offer relief from the heat.
From the Pacific Northwest to the southern Great Plains to the heavily populated I-95 corridor, more than 85 million Americans woke up Sunday to excessive heat warnings or heat advisories, the National Weather said. Service. Much of the heat was in the northeast, where the weather service warned of “extremely oppressive” conditions from Washington to Boston.
“Many records should be tied and/or broken today in the Northeast as the highs reach the century” and the humidity causes it to be as hot as 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 to 43 degrees Celsius), the weather service said in a discussion of the forecast.
Philadelphia needed to reach 100 degrees (38 degrees Celsius) before even accounting for humidity, said Weather Services meteorologist Matt Brudy in Mount Holly, NJ.
Philadelphia officials have extended a heat-related health emergency declaration until Sunday, dispatching workers to check on the homeless and knock on doors for other vulnerable residents. Health Commissioner Dr Cheryl Bettigole, calling the weather “dangerously hot”, the city has also opened cooling centers and parked air-conditioned buses at four intersections for people to cool off.
Forecasters urged people to take precautions, wear light clothing, drink plenty of water, limit time outdoors and watch the elderly and pets.
New York City medical examiners confirmed on Sunday that one person died of heat-related causes, but did not say when or where. The person suffered from heart disease and emphysema, which contributed to the death, the medical examiner’s office said.
With the city expected to approach its record high of 97 degrees (36 degrees Celsius) for Sunday’s date, New York Triathlon organizers have shortened the distances athletes had to run and cycle. The bike part has been cut in half to 20 kilometers (12.4 miles).
This weekend’s Boston Triathlon, meanwhile, has been rescheduled for August 20-21. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s in Boston on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.