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Extreme heat wave in the United States: 100 million Americans urged to stay indoors

As a scorching, possibly record-breaking, heat wave swept through the central and eastern United States on Monday, more than 100 million Americans were under some type of heat warning or advisory.

After scorching parts of the West late last week and over the weekend, the heat has moved east. Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver were among the cities that reached new heights.

Through Wednesday, southerly winds are expected to carry warm, humid air across the eastern two-thirds of the country, with temperatures reaching 10 to 30 degrees above normal, according to forecasts.

Chicago’s National Weather Service advised, “Limit strenuous outdoor activity and sun exposure!”

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Following severe thunderstorms and gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, tens of thousands of Chicagoans lost power Monday night. According to ComEd, Chicago’s sole electricity provider, there were 882 power outages in the metro area as of 10 p.m. ET, affecting about 75,000 people.

Many cities, including Chicago, have announced plans to build cooling centers, with authorities beginning to notify people Monday of where they can take shelter from the heat. According to a press release on Tuesday and Wednesday, the city plans to open six community service centers, as well as 75 public libraries across the city.

After more than 700 people, many of them elderly, died in a heat wave in 1995, the city stepped up its efforts to respond to heat waves. Three people died at a seniors’ residence during a brief heat wave last month, raising questions about the city’s ability to respond to extreme heat.

The weather service predicts daytime temperatures in the northwest and northern Rockies will be 10 to 20 degrees cooler than normal.

The Weather Service issued winter storm warnings and advisories for the mountains of northwestern Montana, including the Glacier National Park region, where several inches of wet snow were expected at elevations above 5,000 feet.

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