More than 113 million people in the US are likely to be affected by heat wave


washington (Best Hindu News): More than 113 million people in the US are currently under heat wave advisories. Warnings have been issued across the country from the southwest to Washington state.

According to the BBC report, the National Weather Service (NWS) said that about 27 million people are expected to experience temperature of more than 43 degree Celsius in the coming days.

Heat warnings were issued Friday night from Florida to Texas to California.

The NWS said Saturday would also be exceptionally hot, with daytime highs forecast to reach 46 degrees in some areas, adding that the scorching heat was expected to last into next week.

The weather service said the sweltering heat was the result of an upper-level rise of high pressure, which usually brings with it warm temperatures.

The agency said it was one of the “most robust” systems of its kind ever observed in the region.

“This potentially historic heatwave across the region shows no signs of abating anytime soon,” the BBC quoted the NWS as saying.

The Arizona state capital, Phoenix, is on track to break its longest-running heat record, with temperatures forecast to reach 43 degrees or higher over the next five days.

The all-time record is 18 days and the city has already seen 43 degree temperature in 15 days.

The NWS said Las Vegas could reach its all-time high temperature as high as 47 degrees in the next few days, while Death Valley, California – one of the hottest places on Earth – could exceed its official all-time high of 54 degrees.

The NWS in Las Vegas warned locals that this is not a normal desert heat.

Parts of the American Southwest have been battling extremely warm temperatures since last week.

While parks, museums, zoos and businesses have either announced closures or cut back hours due to the extreme heat, hospitals are also seeing heat-related cases.

Night temperatures are expected to be “unusually warm” in some areas, the BBC quoted the NWS as saying, providing some respite from the night-time heat.

Due to the heat, electricity demand in Texas has exceeded record numbers for two days in a row.

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