More than 100 million Americans are being warned to stay home if possible. The heatwave and humidity are settling in the states that stretch from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes and east to Carolina, The Guardian reports.
The National Meteorological Service’s forecasting center in College Park, Maryland, said Monday that 107.5 million people will be affected by the excessive heat.
The heat wave, which set several high-temperature records in the west, southwest and Denver over the weekend, moved eastward in parts of the Gulf Coast and the Midwest on Monday and will extend into the Great Lakes. and east to Carolina, the National Meteorological Service said.
St. Louis, Memphis, Minneapolis and Tulsa are among the cities under warnings of excessive heat, with temperatures forecast to reach around 38C (100F), accompanied by high humidity that could make you feel 43C (110F).
In Jackson, Mississippi, residents experienced temperatures of 35C (95F) on Monday.
Many municipalities have announced plans to open cool centers, including in Chicago, where officials have begun alerting residents about where they could find relief. The municipality plans to open six community service centers on Tuesday and Wednesday, and said in a press release that people can cool off in 75 public libraries in the city.
The city has stepped up its efforts to respond to the heat waves after more than 700 people, many of them elderly, died during a heat wave in 1995. The effort also comes after three women died in -a housing complex for the elderly during a brief heatwave last month, which has raised concerns about the city’s ability to react in the event of brutally hot weather.
In Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, which includes Charlotte, local government has opened cooling stations, and the area’s public transportation system has provided free travel to some of the locations.
And in South Carolina, election workers are gearing up for what could be one of Tuesday’s hottest primary election days, with temperatures expected to reach 30 degrees Celsius and humidity approaching 40 degrees Celsius.
Polling station managers are trying to find ways to protect people who have to sit outside to vote.
In Minneapolis, 14 non-air-conditioned schools will move to distance education on Tuesday. Schools were due to end on June 10, but a three-week teachers’ strike in April pushed the last day to June 24 to make up for lost time in the classroom.
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