Friday, July 22, 2011

America’s deadly heatwave: Temperatures hit 115 degrees as authorities warn of ‘dangerous’ levels of humidity - 22nd July 2011

The U.S. National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings for a huge section of the country, from Kansas to Massachusetts, forecasting temperatures near or at triple digits today and into the weekend.

The high temperatures and smothering humidity will force up the heat indexes as well.

Boston’s 99 degrees today could feel like 105 degrees, Philadelphia’s 102 degrees like 114 degrees and Washington’s 103 degrees may seem like a melting 116 degrees.

Night-time low temperatures could range only from the mid-70s to the low 80s.

In New York, people looking to beat the heat were thwarted by warnings urging them to avoid city waterways after a wastewater treatment plant disabled by fire began spewing millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Hudson River.

Officials warned against swimming and bathing at Staten Island’s South Beach, Midland Beach and Cedar Grove Beach, and Brooklyn’s Sea Gate beach, especially for people with medical conditions. Read More

Meanwhile, in China, the heat was also getting to one or two of the residents at Chengdu Zoo.

But thankfully for its stunning White Bengal Tiger, the keepers were on hand to provide a much-welcomed block of ice.