100 Million Americans Under Major Threat

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Intense heat that has persistently tormented certain regions in the U.S. for over a month is starting to impact the Midwest and Northeast, with heat warnings now affecting over 100 million residents set to last until the end of the week.

From Southern California all the way to Southern Michigan, alongside significant stretches of the Great Plains and Northeast, escalating temperatures are anticipated.

Weather predictions indicate that all-time high temperatures could be seen on Wednesday in Arizona, especially in Phoenix and Tucson, as well as in Texas, specifically in Amarillo and Corpus Christi. This perpetuates the summer pattern of record-shattering temperatures in the Southwest due to a persistent heat dome over the area.

On Tuesday, Phoenix witnessed an extreme temperature of 119 F, matching the fourth-highest temperature ever noted in the city.

The growing heat wave is set to influence the northern areas of the country in the upcoming days. New York City may be on the verge of breaking temperature records on both Thursday and Friday as the mercury climbs into the upper 90s. Similarly, other regions in the Midwest and Northeast, including Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, D.C., could confront dangerously high temperatures during the second half of the week, with heat index values potentially crossing into the triple digits.

While some respite is expected for the Midwest and Northeast starting this weekend, the South and Southwest will remain engaged in an ongoing struggle with the heat for an indefinite period.

As we approach the end of the month, a few cities, such as Las Vegas and Tampa in Florida, are projected to establish a new record for the hottest July ever experienced.