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  • Location: Darlington
  • Weather Preferences: Warm dry summers
  • Location: Darlington

More than 20 people have died as the United States swelters through record temperatures in one of the worst heatwaves to hit the country in over a decade.

Meteorologists warned the death toll could rise, likening the hot conditions to the punishing heatwave of 1995 that, in Chicago alone, led to 750 deaths over just a few days. Vanderbilt University Hospital's Dr Corey Slovis says people become weak, nauseated and tired in this type of extreme weather. "People with heat stroke are coming with elevated temperatures and alterations in mental status, either lethargy or coma," he said.

Manchester United players are on tour in the US and are bracing for high temperatures when they play Chicago Fire on Saturday. Wayne Rooney tweeted: "Landed in Chicago. Gonna be hard playing in this heat. Hard enough walking in it." Manager Sir Alex Ferguson told a media conference in Chicago that his players would be tested by the conditions. "We've come from the nice, cool atmosphere in Seattle to a furnace," he said. Temperatures topped 51C (123F) in Iowa, in the central US, while in Maryland, near the US capital, weather services said it was 42C (108F) in the shade. New York City officials have been placing mobile fountains around town to allow residents and tourists to refill water bottles and cool off.

The city's emergency crews have also hired additional manpower and are ready to respond to any heat-related incidents. The intense heat is set to stay in place through the weekend.

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Video-22-People-Die-In-Scorching-Heatwave-Temperatures-Across-The-United-States/Article/201107416035377?lpos=World_News_First_Home_Article_Teaser_Region_1&lid=ARTICLE_16035377_Video%3A_22_People_Die_In_Scorching_Heatwave_Temperatures_Across_The_United_States

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)

It's heading East!

The deadly heat dome gripping the southern and midwestern United States from Texas to Minnesota and the Dakotas is now spreading to the East Coast, according to forecasters. High temperatures have led authorities to place 20 states under heat warnings or advisories, while humidity is making it feel as hot as 115 across the South and Midwest, a precursor to soaring temperatures in the East. "The large area of high pressure responsible for the heat will expand eastward by midweek, with temperatures reaching the mid-90s in the Mid-Atlantic states as early as Wednesday," the National Weather Service reported. "Further out, this dome of high pressure is forecast to dominate most of the eastern and central U.S."

The heat index easily surpassed 100 degrees in many places: 126 in Newton, Iowa; 120 in Mitchell, S.D.; and 119 in Madison, Minn., according to the Associated Press. Hot, Hot, Hot: Send Us Your Heat Wave Photos

And there is no relief from the relentless heat on the horizon, as 40 of 50 states will have temps above 90 this week. Temperatures are expected to near 100 from New York City to Washington, D.C. The potentially deadly heat wave spreading across the middle of the country, with asphalt sizzling to 150 degrees, has made working outdoors brutal. In areas of the Midwest, people are chugging water while suffering from dizziness, nausea and fatigue. It was so bad in Minneapolis that two lanes on I-94 seemed to pop right out of the highway, while at a Twins baseball game a woman suffered from heat exhaustion.

Across the state it will feel like 118 degrees, when the average temperature for this time in July is in the mid-80s. In Phoenix, a towering dust storm has covered the city, reaching 3,000 feet in height and creating winds of 25 to 30 mph, with gusts of up to 40 mph, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Austin Jamison.

While Texas' Lake Travis is losing two inches of water every day - it is now six feet below normal levels and dropping fast, while the water is drying up across the state. Researchers from Texas A&M University determined that from February to June this year, the state only averaged 4.26 inches of rain, and the heat is beginning to take its toll on the local wildlife. The last time the state saw a season this dry was in 1917, when it averaged 6.45 inches of rainfall. Much of the heat is centered over areas that are still recovering from devastating flooding this spring.

The water is evaporating, adding humidity to the already oppressive temperatures. The heat is taking a particular toll on poor and homeless people across the region. In Minneapolis, the Salvation Army's Harbor Light Center is welcoming all of those seeking refuge in air conditioning or a cool glass of water. The center's executive director, Bill Miller, said the extreme heat is far too dangerous to be turning people away.

"We don't have them leave when it's this hot. It's hot enough to get dehydrated, especially if you're drinking. In this heat, it could kill you," Miller told the Associated Press. Betty Jean Horlacher-Bainbridge-Roswell, 55, told the AP that she stayed at the center after almost succumbing to the heat, only six blocks away. "I almost passed out because of the heat," she said, adding that if the center had not been open, "I would have probably died."

In East St. Louis, Ill., one of the nation's poorest cities, 79-year-old Bernice Sykes spent Monday in a soup kitchen also doubling as a cooling center. Sykes, who lives on Social Security for income, had little ways to find relief from the heat -- she has no air conditioning in her tiny, $500-a-month apartment -- and one of her two tiny fans failed. "I want to get out of there as quick as I can," she said on Monday. "Right here, I feel good. But I've got to use that one fan when I get home. It's just so hot."

Some cities are making a point to visit people who may be in need during the heat wave. Authorities in Chicago are taking special precautions after a 1995 heat wave killed more than 700 people in less than a week. Temperatures that boil over 90 degrees now trigger an emergency plan that includes visits to the frail and elderly, who are especially vulnerable. Officials are also offering rides to one of the city's six cooling centers. As with any heat wave, electricity usage has spiked as homes and businesses have turned up their air conditioners. In Ames, Iowa, the service providers asked residents to cut back because of high demand. They asked that people turn off unused devices, close drapes during the day and wash clothes early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid peak usage hours.

Some utility companies are suggesting that customers use fans instead of air conditioners to save energy and money. In some places, however, the heat has been so intense that even the most powerful fans aren't cutting it. "When it's 95 degrees out, and the fans blow hot air that's not enough to drive down body heat," Dr. Bobby Mukkamala said Monday to the Associated Press.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/heat-wave-grips-midwest-south-moves-east-coast/story?id=14102622

To go from Fahrenheit to Celsius:

Begin by subtracting 32 from the Fahrenheit number.

Divide the answer by 9.

Then multiply that answer by 5.

i.e. 100 Deg F is 37.7 Deg C

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  • Location: Darlington
  • Weather Preferences: Warm dry summers
  • Location: Darlington

The BBC are prediciting the heatwave will ease as the weekend ends with temperatures around NYC on Monday at 31c and on Tuesday at 33c, they are also prediciting some severe thunderstorms at times.

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District

I wish I was in Oklahoma right now. Those heavenly 107 degree highs they had recently make me yearn.

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
A heatwave which has set records across a swathe of central and eastern regions of the US, and been blamed for at least 22 deaths, is poised to continue through the weekend, forecasters predicted yesterday.

Electricity firms in New York and Boston reported occasional "brownouts" as air conditioning unites placed huge demand on the electricity grid. National average temperatures on Thursday and Friday were hotter than at any time since 1950.

A so-called "dome" of high pressure, which has trapped a layer of extremely moist air beneath it, is responsible for the sweltering conditions. In Washington DC, it produced temperatures of 39C in the shade yesterday, the highest since 1926. With humidity taken into account, the effective temperature was 45C.

Philadelphia was expected to break a 1957 record of 37.7C (100F). Boston was one or two degrees cooler than the 40C record that was set in 1911. New York was 37.2C.

The heatwave is just the latest incident in a summer of extreme weather-related events to have hit the US, with tornadoes in Missouri, floods and wildfires in Arizona and a crippling drought in Texas, which has experienced its hottest June on record.

Ironically, polls indicate that the US public remains sceptical about the existence of man-made climate change. News coverage has instead focused on less weighty issues. In Pittsburgh, news crews rushed to a house where a man working on the roof had slipped and found himself stuck to hot tar. Lamont Robinson said he was "baking like a turkey" before rescuers arrived.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/temperatures-reach-40c-in-american-heatwave-2319065.html

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  • Location: Abbeymead ,Glos Member Since: July 16, 2003
  • Weather Preferences: Hot and thundery or Cold and snowy.
  • Location: Abbeymead ,Glos Member Since: July 16, 2003

Just heard about this ( not sure why it isnt bigger news? )

Anyway, Looks like it reached 120f in Virginia .. wow.

I wonder if it will be an explosive breakdown or just a slow reverse back to normal temps.

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  • Location: Camborne
  • Location: Camborne

The 2100z US chart for temps and heat index. The latter is quite intersting. A couple of examples.

Washington Airport temp 38.3C DP 20.6C HI 42C/108F

Palm Beach 33.9C DP 24.4 HI 41C/106. Indicates the importance of HI.

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