Saturday, July 23, 2011

Heatwave kills 24 in U.S. as temperatures climb to 40C as HALF the country is put on warm weather alert - 23rd July 2011

A record-breaking heatwave has hit the U.S. with temperatures approaching 40c (104f), leaving up to 24 dead.

Around half of the population – some 150million – have been put on alert over the ‘dangerous’ heat, which has been so intense it has melted roads.

Fifty-five major cities have experienced record temperatures, combining with humidity to create an unbearable ‘steam room’ effect. Forecasters warn it is set to feel as hot as 46c (115f) over the weekend.

At Dulles Airport in Washington D.C., the combined heat and humidity index – or ‘feels like’ temperature – was expected to hit 49c (121f). And in New York, even overnight temperatures have been as high as 29c (84f).

The ‘heat dome’ currently sitting over two dozen states in the eastern and central U.S. has been in place for most of the week and is not expected to move until Monday at the earliest. Residents and tourists have been advised not to go outside during the hottest part of the day and to drink water regularly. Read More