Monday, July 25, 2011

U.S. cools off after heatwave left 34 dead: East Coast recovers from record breaking temperatures...but it's still sizzling in the centre

Relief came for millions of Americans today after a week of record temperatures that left at least 34 dead and strained the country's national power grid.

Records were set across the U.S. as a 'heat dome' engulfed the country in 100 degree temperatures.

Today the East Coast cooled off, but states in Central United States, the mid-Atlantic and south-east will still felt the heat.

New York City registered its second-highest temperature ever on Saturday, at 104 degrees as the East Coast baked in the summer heat over the weekend.

Joe Pollina, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said: 'Monday is really when we see cooler air coming'.

But while the East Coast is set for a break from the heat, Central states continued to swelter in oppressive heat today.

The 'heat dome' that engulfed the Midwest last week caused more than a dozen deaths as it moved eastward and the medical examiner’s office in Chicago listed heat stress or heat stroke as the causes of death for eight people.

In the midst of the heatwave overnight rains dumped nearly seven inches of water on Chicago on Saturday, breaking a record for the city, cancelling flights, and causing parts of highways and train lines to shut down.

The rainfall measured at O'Hare International Airport beat all Chicago records for the wettest calendar day, at 6.86 inches, over the last record of 6.65 inches on September 13, 2008.

Airlines at O'Hare cancelled over 100 flights, according to the city's aviation department. Read More