Deadly heatwave will leave DC as hot as DEATH VALLEY this weekend as 200M brace for temperatures in excess of 110F – forcing NYC to declare an emergency and roads to buckle

Saturday, July 20, 2019
By Paul Martin

Brutal heat wave spreads across two-thirds of the nation from Saturday into Sunday
Washington DC is expected to feel as hot as Death Valley, California, for several hours on Saturday
New York City declares state of local emergency and cancels triathlon and major outdoor events
Fears of major power outages up and down the East Coast as air conditioning is pushed to the max
Officials warn that conditions could be fatal for elderly and children, urge residents to take precautions
On Friday night a major power outage near Detroit was reported affecting some 80,000 people

19 July 2019

A brutal heatwave is unfurling across two-thirds of the nation, blighting the east with temperatures that will make Washington DC feel as hot as Death Valley, and roast much of the country with 100-degree heat.

The crushing mass of hot air is likely to blanket the region, home to a third of the U.S. population, through Sunday with little overnight relief, said meteorologist David Roth of the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center.

‘There are 124 million people under a heat advisory or excessive heat warning – that’s a third of the population,’ Roth said. As of Friday, the heat wave sprawled from Kansas to the Atlantic Coast, and from South Carolina north to Maine. It was expected to intensify on Saturday and Sunday.

The heat index for DC is forecast at 111F for Saturday, within two degrees of the index expected for Death Valley.

In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, soaring temperatures of 93F with a heat index of 107F were reported when portions of Insterstate 229 buckled and cracked.

On Friday night, a massive power outage was reported in the Detroit metro area, affecting some 80,000 customers of DTE Energy.

Fearing potential fatalities, New York City declared a state of local emergency and canceled a number of major outdoor events.

‘Hot weather is dangerous and can kill. People with chronic physical and mental health conditions should use air conditioning if they have it, and get to a cool, air conditioned place if they don’t,’ said New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot.

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