A massive heat wave which traveled to the US Northeast from the US Midwest on Friday, has gripped the states with temperatures crossing 38 degree Celsius in Washington, affecting normal routines, and prompting steps to prevent power outages. The high temperature is expected to continue through the weekend.
“There are 124 million people under a heat advisory or excessive heat warning – that’s a third of the population,” said meteorologist David Roth of the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Centre.
As of Friday, the heat wave sprawled from Kansas to the Atlantic Coast, and from South Carolina north to Maine. It is expected to intensify on Saturday and continue through Sunday.
Cases of power outages were reported in different parts such as Manhattan and downtown Madison on early Friday. Consumers have been told to turn down air conditioners in order to prevent power outages in the eastern half of the United States.
On the East Coast, temperatures on Friday were forecast to reach near 100F (38C) in Washington, 97F (36C) in Philadelphia and 91F (33C) in New York, where it would feel more like 110F (43C) with high humidity, Roth said.
On Saturday, the forecast called for 99F (37C) in New York and Philadelphia and 100F (38C) in Washington. Much the same was in the forecast for Sunday.