- An alert for a new heat wave that will scorch the southeastern United States is issued.
- Authorities estimate that more than 30 million residents of Nevada, California, Utah and western Arizona are under excessive heat alerts.
- “Excessive heat will persist in parts of the West” by Monday, they added.
July is still hot! An alert for a new heat wave that will scorch the southeastern United States was issued. Meteorologists predict that high temperatures will once again set records in some cities of the country and that it could affect power lines.
The National Weather Service of the United States reported on the extreme heat that will affect states like Nevada, California, Arizona and Utah during the first days of the week and will gradually dissipate after Wednesday.
They issue an alert for a new heat wave in the United States
Last month ended as one of the hottest June on record in America, but now July looks set to paint the same. This Saturday, for example, the thermometer reached 47.2 ° C at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While in the desert of the Death Valley (Death Valley), in southern California, temperatures reached 54.2 ° C, as reported by the National Metereological Service. But it won’t be all, because the heat wave continues.
30 million affected
Authorities estimate that more than 30 million residents of Nevada, California, Utah and western Arizona are under excessive heat alerts. A hot climate that would continue until next Wednesday and will be diluted reaching the weekend, reported EFE.
“Very high risk of heat for today due to the combination of mild temperatures at night and highs expected at noon,” forecasters in California warned about the weather this Sunday. “Excessive heat will persist in parts of the West” by Monday, they added.
Please reduce power consumption
The intense heat has prompted officials in California to ask residents to cut down on energy use. This was due to a large wildfire in southern Oregon that destroyed interstate power lines.
This Saturday, the operator of the state electrical network explained that the Bootleg Fire disconnected three transmission lines, which prevented up to 5,500 megawatts of electricity from flowing south, depleting energy reserves.
Fires burn in various states
The Oregon fire is not the only serious fire. In California, the largest wildfire of the year was occurring near the Nevada border, in the Beckwourth complex, and is the result of a dangerous combination of two fires generated by lightning. Between Friday and Saturday it doubled in size and does not seem to slow down.
But as the heat wave continues to break records, firefighters are working in inclement temperatures to contain the flames from fires like this one that continued to advance on Sunday and instead forced the temporary closure of a highway.
Recommendations for dealing with the heat
Authorities recommend protecting yourself from the heat with some simple guidelines such as: Drink enough fluids, like water and natural juices, instead avoid drinking coffee or alcohol. Avoid direct and prolonged exposure to the sun. Also avoid outdoor activities or crowded places. It is recommended that you wear clothing made of fresh, light fabrics.
It is also important that you take into account that if your home or workplace does not have air conditioning, it is best to keep the curtains and windows closed during the day and open them at night. The hottest time of day is usually around 3:00 pm
Driving in extreme temperatures
Driving in extreme temperatures can be dangerous, so you can follow some tips from the Arizona Department of Transportation such as: Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat, it is also recommended wear loose, light cotton clothing.
Refuel, preferably keep the tank at three quarters. Stay hydrated, carry bottles of frozen water, and drink to cool off. Pets are also at risk, do not leave them in the car and make sure they drink water as well.
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If you get injured, ask for help immediately to assist you as soon as possible. Meanwhile stay indoors with air conditioning and if not possible find a shady place to shelter.
Be careful of the road surface, remember that the pavement temperature can be hot enough to burn your skin. Do not remove your footwear. They issue an alert for a new heat wave in the United States.
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