On Monday, uncomfortably high temperatures took over the Great Lakes region, signaling the official start of the summer solstice. This summer promises to be uncomfortable if the heat felt now is anything to go by. Soaring temperatures are predicted across the States, from the Great Lakes regions including the Mississippi River Valley to the plains and portions southeast among the first recipients. 

With the heat rising across the country, experts warn of a potential increase in heat-related illnesses.

“Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities,” the National Weather Service warned. “The heat may also result in some roads buckling.”

Some of the regions that have already started experiencing serious heat include Grand Forks, North Dakota, which reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday breaking a record set in 1995 of 95 degrees. The heat was caused by a heat dome that got trapped in the south-central part of the country. The same dome is expected to slide into the Mississippi Delta Region by the end of the week.

AccuWeather has also predicted a 5 to 10 degree spike in coastal cities such as New Orleans. Weather experts predict that the expected heat wave could overturn the record of 101 set in 2009.

“While temperatures and humidity levels ease a bit for the end of the week in parts of the Midwest, more dangerous temperatures and humidity will return by the upcoming weekend,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dean DeVore said.

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Pydynowski says that a decrease in the humidity in some areas will be more challenging than the temperature rise itself. With low humidity, people have to moisturize well, drink plenty of water, and wear sunscreen when possible.

“Although cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City will be turning warmer to start the week, the most notable change in the weather pattern by midweek will be the increase in moisture,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Pydynowski said.

The current heat waves are not just limited to the United States. Parts of Europe are also experiencing extreme heat. In Spain, officials have been on high alert over the possibility of fire outbreaks. Temperatures have risen to over 104 degrees Fahrenheit in several Spanish cities over the week.

Via USA Today

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