Advisories Issued From Maine To Minnesota As Heat Wave Scorches U.S.

Topline

Temperatures, which reached record highs in several cities throughout the country over the weekend, are expected to remain dangerously elevated in the Northeast and the Upper Midwest, with the U.S. National Weather Service issuing Heat Advisories on Monday impacting nearly 20 million people. 

Key Facts

The temperature in Minneapolis, is forecast to reach 96 degrees on Monday, as the city is on track to experience its longest June heatwave since 1949.

A record high of 99 was recorded at Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport over the weekend, beating the old record by 7 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, hit 101 on Saturday, breaking a record for early June which had stood since 1909, and temperatures in the area are expected to remain in the mid-to-high 90’s through Thursday. 

Temperatures are forecast to reach as high as 93 degrees in Boston, on Monday and 92 in Washington, D.C.

Several school districts in central Maine dismissed students early Monday due to the sweltering heat, with mask mandates reportedly adding to school officials’ concerns of children potentially overheating.

Key Background:

In the middle of last week, temperatures soared to 109 in parts of central California. On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents to prepare for a prolonged period of high heat and humidity, resulting in an increased risk of heat stress. “The first heat wave of 2021 is about to blanket the state with sweltering temperatures and thick humidity for several days beginning Sunday, and I urge all New Yorkers to take action to prevent heat-related illnesses or injury,” Cuomo said. Dangerously high temperatures may reportedly lead to early dismissals or switching to virtual learning in New Jersey. Newark set a record Saturday with a high of 95 degrees. Temperatures in western Texas are forecasted to range from between 100-105 on Monday. The National Weather Service also notes there is a risk of severe thunderstorms for Monday and Tuesday across portions of the Northern Plains.

Crucial Quote: 

“Young children, seniors and those with respiratory conditions are particularly vulnerable to this type of weather,” Cuomo said. “Check on neighbors and limit outdoor activity to ensure you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy through these extreme temperatures.”

Tangent:

Each of the past six years has been among the hottest on record, with 2020 tying 2016 as the hottest year ever, according to Copernicus Climate Change Service, climate researchers based in Europe. A separate recent study conducted by 70 researchers using updated epidemiologic and climate modeling data in 43 countries found that 37% of heat-related deaths are attributable to increased warming associated with climate change. Research published last summer in the journal Science found that rising global temperatures may pose “a grave threat” to the fish populations throughout the world by the end of this century. 

Big Number:

103. That was the recorded high in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on Friday, marking the first time the temperature in the city rose above 100 since August 1989.

Further Reading:

Experts Issue Dire Warning That Rising Temperatures May Exceed Crucial Threshold Within 5 Years (Forbes) 

2020 Ties 2016 as Hottest Yet, European Analysis Shows (NYT)



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