US is sweltering under one of the worst heat waves


Nearly 60 million people across the Northeastern US are under a heat watch, warning or advisory from the National Weather Service as the worst heat wave of 2018 scorches the most populated region of the country.

Nearly 100 million people will see temperatures climb above 95 degrees Fahrenheit this week, with a majority of those residing in the eastern third of the nation.

Several high-temperature records have been set since the heat wave began over the Rockies and Midwest late last week, with Denver tying its all-time record high of 105˚ F on Thursday.

Excessive-heat warnings are posted for much of New York and New Jersey, where high temperatures and humidity “will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely,” according to the National Weather Service.

While temperatures topping 90 degrees are not too uncommon for New York City, it is rare to see the heat last more than a couple of days.
The city could top 90 for up to 7 consecutive days this week — something the National Weather Service in New York has said happens about once every 33 years.
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