The United States National Weather Service (NWS) has raised the Excessive Heat Warning in 28 mainland states due to extreme temperatures across the country.
At least 100 million Americans were affected by the heat alerts on Wednesday, which included areas of 28 states ranging from California through the Southwest deserts, up to the Plains, and into New England.
The states that were put under the Excessive Heat Warning include California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
On Tuesday, Oklahoma City recorded temperatures of 110 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for the first time in ten years, and by the afternoon, temperatures across the state of Oklahoma reached 103 degrees or higher.
In Texas cities including Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, there have been more days this year with temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit than there are typically in just one summer.
Memphis and other areas in the Mississippi and Tennessee valleys experienced highs around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which when paired with high humidity will produce heat index readings between 112 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the state of Massachusetts, a heat emergency has been declared in Boston, and Mayor Michelle Wu announced that at least 12 community facilities will be available to any citizen who wants to cool off.
“It is clear that a changing climate is a risk to our health and communities. I urge everyone to stay cool and safe, and check on your neighbors during the week,”said Wu.
Meanwhile, heat indexes as high as 102 degrees Fahrenheit are possible in Washington, D.C. and New York City, especially on Thursday.
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