Many states across the United States are facing scorching heat right now. This year, the United States experienced a historic heat wave, with temperatures up to 10 to 30 degrees above normal. The National Weather Service has advised people to stay indoors as much as possible, take care of their health and stay hydrated. More than 100 million people are expected to be affected by the heat wave. The warnings were also issued for Illinois and Indiana as well as parts of southern Michigan and northwestern Ohio from Tuesday through Wednesday evening according to the National Weather Service. Many parts of the Midwest and South were primarily affected.
Many regions experience power outages in the United States
Due to extreme weather and severe storms in many parts of the Midwest, more than 620,000 people went without power early Tuesday, according to Power Outage US, with more than 370,000 outages in Ohio alone.
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Many people have tweeted and mentioned the issues they are facing due to the power outage. Ballina Shire Council Mayor Sharon Cadwallader said ‘the resulting power outages have left residents in a communication black hole’. While some said they are unable to do daily chores.
Concerns for animals are on the rise
Heat waves affect not only humans but also animals. Due to rapidly increasing temperatures, it is difficult for animals to grasp all the changes. Drought-like conditions are increased temperatures that have led to wildfires, which kill many wildlife.
The heat can dry up rivers and plants, which are a source of food and water for animals. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, about 80% of the shrub-steppe has been lost. While researchers estimate that more than a billion marine animals along the coast have been killed by extreme temperatures in the Pacific Northwest. Rabbits, cattle and stationary organisms are most at risk.
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Florida, Ohio, Chicago, Kansas, Texas and Georgia are primarily affected
According to statesatrisk.org, Florida currently experiences an average of 25 dangerous heat waves each year. The temperature could go into the 90s and heat indices near 110 degrees this week. A heat advisory is already in effect for the state of Florida.
In Ohio, Kansas and Chicago, an excessive heat warning is also in effect. The temperature is expected to rise between 100 and 110 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Chicago is also one of the hardest hit states. Texas broke electricity demand record during heat wave. Georgian officials have also raised health concerns over heat waves. According to a report, there are currently an average of about 20 days of dangerous heat per year.
When will the heatwave end?
For the moment, no information is given by the ministries and respected officials on the end of the heat wave. However, last year’s temperature gradually dropped for a few weeks.
Causes of the heat wave
Many experts have already mentioned the link between the heat wave and climate change. Due to increasing global warming and pollution, the earth is getting warmer day by day. They also stressed the importance of taking the necessary measures to protect our environment, in order to prevent future problems.
We can easily see with the unfavorable weather conditions in the United States as well as other parts of the world including Spain, India, etc. that it is urgent to take the necessary measures to protect the environment. Besides heat waves, the United States also suffers from other weather-related disasters. Everyone hopes that conditions will improve soon.
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