USA braces for record heatwave; implements creative measures to protect vulnerable populations

Next week, the central and eastern United States are expected to see record-breaking heatwaves, with temperatures rising higher than ever before. Here's everything you need to know.

Published on Jun 16, 2024  |  08:01 PM IST |  37.5K
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Key Highlight
  • Population living in central and eastern USA to face unprecedented heatwave next week
  • Creative methods like text alerts, 311 AC requests, and ice immersion techniques being used

Next week, people in the central and eastern United States will experience some of the hottest temperatures we've ever seen. Forecasters are sounding the alarm, urging everyone to prepare for a heat wave that will sweep from Texas to New England, as per USA Today. This year has already been the hottest on record.

Officials across the country have been preparing for this extreme weather, with a special focus on our most vulnerable neighbors—the elderly, children, and those with medical conditions. Keeping them cool and safe is a top priority as we prepare for the scorching temperatures ahead.

Record-breaking temperatures expected

The National Weather Service predicts that temperatures in the central and eastern parts of the United States will exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with some areas seeing even higher temperatures. On Monday, temperatures in Detroit are expected to reach 96 degrees, while in Boston and Philadelphia, they could reach 95 and 97 degrees. High humidity intensifies the heat, increasing the risk of heat stress and heat-related illnesses.

The National Weather Service warned of "a high risk of heat stress or illnesses for anyone without effective cooling and/or adequate hydration" in the affected areas. Residents are advised to stay hydrated and seek out air-conditioned areas whenever possible.

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Creative measures to protect vulnerable populations

Traditional methods of alerting at-risk areas and reminding people to look after pets, children, and the elderly remain in place. However, officials have also implemented novel solutions to combat the unprecedented heat. Amy Palmer, a spokesperson for the California Office of Emergency Services, told USA Today that, in addition to a preventive action plan, the state has activated text and social media alerts to instantly warn people about heatwaves, particularly those working outdoors or in vulnerable positions.

In Portland, Oregon, the government has made arrangements for residents to call 311 and request air conditioning units ahead of extremely hot weather. This measure is a response to the devastating heat dome that occurred in 2021, leaving many residents struggling to cope with the extreme heat.

Innovative cooling methods

In Phoenix, Arizona, where temperatures reached 113 degrees this week, first responders are using the 'ice immersion' method to assist those affected by the heatwave. This technique entails carrying plastic bags filled with water and ice to submerge people suffering from heat illness who have body temperatures as high as 104 degrees. This method allows them to cool down quickly before being taken to the hospital.

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The Ohio Valley and Northeast regions are especially encouraged to remain vigilant, with special attention needed in cities such as Detroit, Boston, and Philadelphia. Keeping vulnerable populations safe is a top priority, and officials are optimistic that the measures put in place will be effective. 

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Know more about massive heatwave in USA:

Which areas will be affected by the heatwave?
The heatwave will stretch from Texas to New England, impacting the central and eastern regions of the USA.

How hot will it get?
Temperatures are expected to exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with some areas experiencing temperatures as high as 96 to 97 degrees.

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