Heat wave set to sear U.S. East Coast, South for third day

July 21 – A unrelenting heat wave on Thursday was expected to scorch the U.S. East Coast and South for the third day as dangerously high temperatures had forecasters are warning about dehydration and exposure.

Heat warnings and advisories were in effect from South Carolina up into parts of New England as heat index values were expected to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit (41 C) in Washington D.C. and near 100 degrees in New York City on Thursday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

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The NWS and local officials urged people to stay indoors, avoid strenuous activities and stay hydrated.

“To reduce risk during outdoor work … schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments,” the NWS said. ” should move anyone overcome by heat to a cool and shaded location.”

 The NWS said it expected the heat to stifle the East Coast through the weekend as daily highs were forecast to remain in the 100s across the region.

Several cities issued heat emergencies, opened cooling centers in public buildings, and urged people to take advantage of public pools.

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The NWS said the continued heat wave was to stretch from Eastern Texas through Louisiana and Arkansas and into Central Alabama, where the temperature could soar above 110 degrees on Thursday afternoon.

“Overnight lows are likely to remain in the 80s in many spots, providing little nighttime relief,” the service said.

Earlier this week, several spots in the South saw record daily temperatures, including Wichita Falls, Texas, where a high of 115 degrees was recorded on Tuesday.

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