Heat wave spreads to other regions of the southern US | News
The severe heat wave affecting the southern United States is spreading to other regions after it hit Texas for several days, US media reported on Wednesday.
Heat wave unleashes storms and blackouts in the US
The National Weather Service (NWS) on Monday extended excessive heat advisories to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, as well as parts of New Mexico and Arizona.
Meteorological authorities said that more than 55 million people are under heat alert for the wave, which extends into the lower part of the Mississippi River valley with high humidity values.
Here's our latest Key Messages regarding the heat wave across the south-central US. Dangerous heat is expected to impact portions of the Lower Mississippi Valley & Mid-South, then trending down early next week, though remaining hazardous. pic.twitter.com/qfS2K99HvO
— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC)
June 27, 2023
Last Friday, the NWS in Midland reported a temperature of 119 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius) in the Big Bend area of southwest Texas, which nearly equals the all-time record set in 1994.
For their part, other territories reached their maximum levels. Such is the case in San Angelo, in West Texas, with 114 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius) and the city of Del Rio with 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius).
Last week, a 66-year-old postal worker in Dallas and a 14-year-old teenager hiking in Big Bend National Park in Texas died.
Excessive heat will build over much of Texas to the northern Gulf Coast and into the mid-Mississippi River Valley, and Southeast US as well as the Central Valley of California into the weekend. Excessive Heat Watches and Warnings and Heat Advisories have been issued.… pic.twitter.com/zXprgRuwDF
—National Weather Service (@NWS)
June 28, 2023
The vice president in charge of science of the NGO Climate Central, Andrew Pershing, told international media that this heat wave is "more intense, more widespread and probably also longer" due to the impact of human activities.
The NWS recommended that the population drink plenty of water, stay in air-conditioned rooms, as well as avoid strenuous activities.
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