Heat, humidity keeps hold on Eastern US as weekend slogs on

Heat, humidity keeps hold on Eastern US as weekend slogs on
The sun rises over New York City and the Empire State Building while a man sprays water at Pier A on Saturday, July 20, 2019 in Hoboken, N.J. Temperatures in the high 90s are forecast for Saturday and Sunday with a heat index well over 100. Much of the nation is also dealing with high heat. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

A heat wave will continue to keep much of the Eastern United States in its grip Sunday, while a cold front that could lower temperatures in the middle of the country may be accompanied by thunderstorms that threaten flash floods.

The National Weather Service says the "oppressive and dangerous" heat wave will abate by Monday and Tuesday. The agency says a swath of the East Coast, from the Carolinas up to Maine, faces the greatest heat threat Sunday. Daytime highs are expected in the mid-to-upper 90s, which, coupled with , will feel like 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (38 to 43 degrees Celsius).

It's not expected to get much better when the sun goes down, as temperatures are expected to remain at or above the high 70s overnight (26 degrees Celsius).

Inland, strong wind and rain were expected to persist Sunday in the Midwest, and a cold front stretching between the Central Plains and the Great Lakes region is forecast to move south. But in addition to , the is expected to carry showers and thunderstorms, which could lead to heavy rainfall and flash flooding in the Midwest.

Many in areas facing excessive heat this weekend have no air conditioning, and cities have opened cooling shelters. With record- or near-record-high temperatures at night, when many air-conditioned places are closed, the weather can become especially dangerous for people who don't get a chance to cool down, experts say. The risks are greater for young children, the elderly and the sick.

Heat, humidity keeps hold on Eastern US as weekend slogs on
Pitchfork attendees get water at a station during an excessive heat wave in the Chicago area on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (Camille Fine/Chicago Tribune via AP)

In Norwich, Connecticut, Larry Konecny watched as one of his workers in a boom lift cleaned the outside of an office building, a couple of stories up. The pair had no choice but to work in 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) heat and stifling humidity because the job needed to be done when office workers were away, Konecny said.

"He's pressure-washing, so the water is splashing," he said. "So at least there's some degree of refreshment."

The heat wave has canceled events across the affected region, including in New York City, where authorities scrubbed a Times Square commemoration of the 1969 moon landing and an outdoor festival featuring soccer star Megan Rapinoe and musician John Legend.

As animal rights activists protested outside, operators of the Monmouth Park horse racing track in New Jersey canceled some races and pushed back others Saturday, including the $1 million Haskell Invitational that went off after 8 p.m. Maximum Security, the horse that crossed the finish line first in this year's Kentucky Derby and then was disqualified, was declared the victor after a short steward's inquiry.

Heat, humidity keeps hold on Eastern US as weekend slogs on
Finnegan plays at the dog beach at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Md., Saturday, July 20, 2019. The National Weather Service said "a dangerous heat wave" was expected to break record highs in some places, particularly for nighttime. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Amid pressure over a series of horse deaths in California, several other tracks canceled their Saturday races, including Saratoga Race Course and Finger Lakes in New York and Laurel Park in Maryland.

In Chicago, heat nixed several outdoor events, including a 5K run in Grant Park and a morning workout at Millennium Park. Over three days in July 1995, more than 700 people died during a in Chicago as temperatures rose above 97 degrees (36 degrees Celsius). Many of the dead were poor, elderly and lived alone.

It had hit 94 degrees (34 degrees Celsius) by first pitch at the San Diego Padres-Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field, but some fans didn't want to stay away, largely watching from shaded concourses as the Cubs won 6-5.

"We're sticking to water and not having beer. It's helping a little bit," said Jaclyn Jendrisak of St. Louis.

Heat, humidity keeps hold on Eastern US as weekend slogs on
People sunbathe at Pier 45 on Saturday, July 20, 2019 in New York. Temperatures in the high 90s are forecast for Saturday and Sunday with a heat index well over 100. Much of the nation is also dealing with high heat. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Other big-league ballparks broiled , with players avoiding on-field batting practice as fans were encouraged to keep drinking from supplemental hydration stations at Yankee Stadium. Meanwhile, the PA system at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati cried for the weather to "Let It Snow," blaring it along with other winter-themed pregame songs.

Storms have knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people in parts of Michigan and Wisconsin, heightening the misery.

In Philadelphia, several hundred people were evacuated from a retirement community due to a partial power outage, though it wasn't immediately clear whether the problem was heat-related. Residents were taken to a nearby shelter, and police said some went to a hospital for evaluation.

To reduce strain on the electrical grid, New York City also directed office buildings to set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees (26 degrees Celsius) through Sunday.

  • Heat, humidity keeps hold on Eastern US as weekend slogs on
    Street performers dressed in costume take a break to drink water in Times Square as temperatures reach the mid-to-upper 90s Saturday, July 20, 2019, in New York. Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave spurred cancelations of events from festivals to horse races and the nation's biggest city ordered steps to save power to stave off potential problems. (AP Photo/Jonathan Carroll)
  • Heat, humidity keeps hold on Eastern US as weekend slogs on
    People enjoy the day playing in a water fountain as the Empire State Building is seen from Williamsburg section of Brooklyn on Saturday, July 20, 2019 in New York. Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave spurred cancelations of events from festivals to horse races and the nation's biggest city ordered steps to save power to stave off potential problems. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
  • Heat, humidity keeps hold on Eastern US as weekend slogs on
    An early morning rower glides through the glare of the rising sun on the Potomac River at the start of a hot day in Washington, Saturday July 20, 2019. Temperatures in the Nation's Capital are expected to reach the upper 90s. (AP Photo/J.David Ake)
  • Heat, humidity keeps hold on Eastern US as weekend slogs on
    A spectator drops water on his head while watching the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox in hot weather, Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Baltimore. Temperatures reached the high 90s in Baltimore with the real feel over the triple digit mark. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Jul 21, 2019
So much claimed caring about "climate change". In fact, those who claim to care about "climate change" really do not.
Among other things, those who care don't settle for what they are told to believe. They look further into matters. And they don't content themselves with insipid "counters" to assertions. Mention chemtrails, non dissipating lines of weather modification chemical stretching from horizon to horizon to those claiming to care about "climate change" and they won't even say the word! Chemtrails caused the number of tornadoes to cease being 180 a year and skyrocket to eight or nine times that number now. In 1997, saturation of the air made them visible There are no pictures of them before 1997. Naysayers say more people are around today, that's why there are more tornadoes seen. That means thousands of tornadoes hid someplace for a century. They also try to offer pictures of air shows, sky writing and cropped pictures of dissipating contrails before 1997!

Jul 21, 2019
So much claimed caring about "climate change". In fact, those who claim to care about "climate change" really do not ...
To be brief; You are SOOOO full of it.

Jul 22, 2019
So much claimed caring about "climate change". In fact, those who claim to care about "climate change" really do not.
Among other things, those who care don't settle for what they are told to believe. ...blablahbla
dumbest comment i've seen in a long time


Jul 22, 2019
Oh NOSE!
Look at all those people suffering out in the sunshine.
Meanwhile... The AGW Cult's Chicken Shites hide in their cesspool of ignorance.

LMAO

Jul 22, 2019
You're only going to be safe from AGW after you die. There is no cure for it. Once it's started @antialGoreacle, it will be with you for the rest of your life. But this will be worst. What you are seeing right now will only get worst. We are like the lobsters in a pot of cold water just placed on the stove set for high and it just hit 1 (warm). All the climate models show this. Perhaps it's time for us to go back and re-hash the Al-Gore hockey-stick for CO2 and global average temperature. http://www.co2.earth is 413.93 ppm CO2, on track for 700ppm in your lifetime. Since global average temps correlate, you can expect insane amounts of heat, especially in your pickup.

You can always move but what country is going to want a dimbulb climate change denying american rightwing dump loving flake-O


Jul 22, 2019
so, mr howhotnotwotnot , how come it was hotter in the 1930's with much lower co2 ?

Jul 22, 2019
Hey, @snoozemyster. Hold on to your seat while I plant some science on your peanut. Ok are you in your small chair? Simple. We are talking global warming fool. Not simply a warm US Alaskan heatwave if you want to call it that. Simpletons seem to think only of the USA as the world. Sorry to pop you bubble.

Jul 23, 2019
''Simpletons seem to think only of the USA as the world ,''

u mean like climate 'science' ie like the title of this article

''Heat, humidity keeps hold on Eastern US as weekend slogs on''

LOL so , how come it was hotter in the 1930's with much lower co2 ?

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