CHICAGO – A dangerous heatwave will engulf more than half of the country over the holiday of July 4th. Temperatures near and above 100 degrees Fahrenheit combine with high humidity and pose a serious health hazard.
The National Weather Service said on Friday that heat kills more people every year than tornadoes, lightnings, and floods.
In Chicago, the outdoors is not so big – heat, so repressive officials are threatening the public to guard.
"Safety is everyone's responsibility, so we all remember to stay hydrogenated and look after our neighbors and family, especially those without air conditioning, and the elderly and the disabled," said Rich Guidice of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
The thermometer readings are in the mid-West in the 90s, but as every dog knows, when you add humidity it actually feels like 105 or even 110 degrees. Overnight lows in the 80s will not cool anything.
Eighteen states from New Mexico to Michigan have issued heat warnings, warnings or clocks that form a heat dome that reaches 60 million people. A storm brought power to 30,000 people in St. Louis who lacked air conditioning.
In Kansas City, Des Moines and even Minnesota, the heat index is three digits – where the Minneapolis Star Tribune said the state is now "Saudi Arabia with Lakes". Denver's temperature on Thursday was a record-breaking 105.
While the Scorcher is expanding east, New York will bake this weekend and Vermont will come to the Canadian border.
There are at least 80 outdoor activities planned in Chicago this weekend, from concerts to rallies to fireworks, meaning thousands will simply try to savor it.
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