CHICAGO (Reuters) - A heat wave baking the central and southern United States was blamed on Wednesday for at least 22 deaths this week as forecasters warned that the abnormally hot weather could last into August as it moves east.
The National Weather Service said 141 million people in more than two dozen states were under a heat advisory or warning because of the soaring temperatures, the most recent in a series of heat waves that have scorched the country's midsection off and on since late May.
http://news.yahoo.com/prolonged-heat-wa … 25653.html
what are you doing to deal with this heatwave?
the heatwave is so intense this year..no relief after the sun sets...and it's still too hot to cut the grass after 7pm
Unfortunately my husband and I have been working in this terrible heat. Delivering packages via Fed-ex. We try to stay hydrated by drinking our body weight in water ha ha. We have to keep moving but when it gets too overwhelming, we take refuge in the local business' air conditioned stores. For me it's especially difficult as I get severe headaches from the heat that can not be extinguished with aspirin!! I also have a history of dehydration which requires a hospital visit, so I have to be extra vigilant.
Ya'll still have grass there that needs cutting? I haven't seen many lawns that aren't dead. It's 103 here today....I'm over it. This is the first day in forever the dogs had to miss their morning walk and I missed my run. I'm angry and irritated from being cooped up. It was suppose to rain today...now it's pushed back to Saturday.
I jackhammered/moved concrete outside 3 days ago, same thing 2 days ago, yesterday I golfed 5-6 hours. Today I'll be digging (hopefully for a half day only), the a double header for softball. Tomorrow is supposed to be a softball tourney too, so it should be fun! Yes, I am from Chicago.
How I deal with it.. Lots and lots of cold water.
Beats the hell out of the cold(IMO).
...and even further north, here in Canada. So much for the old myth about it being cold and snowy, and everyone living in igloos.
....not so on the west....it's cool... maybe i should leave my igloo and head to another province....'bummer summer'
WE have had the extreme heat and no rain since Memorial day. NO exaggeration. It's rained 3 times. Most of those days are 100 degrees. It's been a dry heat for the first time I can ever remember. WE're used to humidity....not this dryness and wind.
I have ceiling fans on constantly. All the drapes are pulled, windows covered. I try to stay indoors during the heat of the day. The livestock is watered regularly. The pond has nearly dried up. I already bought the hay necessary to get my horse thru the winter...the hay is in such short abundance that the landowner told me I had to come get it as it hit the ground. It's all being snatched up fast.
Drinking plenty of fluids, etc. That's all you can do.
Two air conditioners and four fans circulating the cold air through out the apartment.
Mid 90's yesterday and upper 90's is the estimate for today, and tomorrow, and Saturday.
Sorry to hear that you are all so hot and uncomfortable. It is pouring with rain and very chilly here - good old British summer!
It would be great if we could all have something in the middle = warm, sunny and overnight rain to keep it green and fresh!
Yes, when I read "extreme heat" I thought - fair enough I have taken my overcoat off, but I wouldn't call it extreme. Clement possibly, although not taken to sleeping outdoors in the nude yet. Or ever if I am honest.
It's 42C here with the humidity. I don't have air conditioning and I'm sitting under a ceiling fan.
Here in southern Idaho we leave the doors and windows open until about noon. The AC comes on around 2PM and runs on and off until around 8, when we again open the doors. It gets all the way to around 85F in the middle of the afternoon.
It's been a very cool spring and (so far) summer. I feel for you guys in the heat. We're normally pushing 100 this time of year, but it's been really nice.
It's July! This is our Summer!
I'm trying to deal with the intense cold!
Well, not intense, I suppose ~ but pretty intense for July!!!
Here in hot and muggy Guilin in China we are about to head more south toward the equator !! bring it on
well we finally got some relief a few hours ago with a refreshing thunderstorm! the temps dropped twenty degrees and we opened the windows..
it will probably heat up again tomorrow but its so nice to savor the moments..
If it gets any hotter here in Ontario I think I just might melt. With the humidity it is currently 47C or 116F. I hope there is some cooler weather on the way. Think I will go jump in the lake tonight to try and cool off.
Our hot and humid weather just left and headed to Ontario and YES my friend Susan are now feeling what we felt on the Western Canadian Prairies, 4 awful days of Heat and humidity. I was walking around sweating, all our fans going at once, two window a/c and watching our cat try to stay cool by laying on her back on our hard wood floors for some cool relief. Thank goodness it's cooled down nicely, beautiful cool breezes blowing through the house now, so refreshing at last..
Ken, so glad that there may be some relief soon. I have had my two dogs locked in the bedroom (only place that we have A/C) They bark when they want to come out and then they bark when they want to go back in. Too hot for them in the rest of the house. Cool breezes sound so nice. Heck even a snow storm sounds good to me right now.
I spent most of today sleeping, drinking water with a damp facecloth around my neck. Made it through the worst
Not quite at the stage here of seeing a brass monkey crying his eyes out but it is very cold. Midsummer here too but had to put Winter jacket on to walk up to local shop earlier, against the howling wind and rain. Two years I've been back in Scotland and one day that I can remember without rain or snow. I remember the beautiful summers we used to have when I was a child.
Global cooling is definitely in full effect, at least in this part of the world!
wow its like an indian summer where I am it is currently raining wore shorts like three or four times went camping and froze my butt off lol sorry for everyone that is tooo hot wish I could see sum sonshine
What heat wave?
The Pacific Northwest has been having one of the coolest summer seasons on record. We've only had a handful of days that have gotten into the upper 70s so far this summer. We're supposed to just hit 78F this weekend. I'm still sleeping with a light quilt and flannel sheets on the bed.
We've had temps in the upper 90's here and heat index as high as 115 for about a week. I'd have to double check to be sure, but I think that's the highest it's ever been in my life. It's pretty awful. Usually I only have to water my garden a couple times a summer once the plants are established, but for the last week I've been having to water some areas every other day. The broccoli is a lost cause, and even the tomatoes are starting to look unhappy. My poor chickens have dug themselves down in the leaf litter under the apple tree and pant like dogs to stay cool. I'd hate to be anything with fur or feathers out in this!
Doing things earlier in the morning and late evening and staying inside where there is air conditioning when I can. I feel bad for those who have window air. Here on the west coast many of us have central air which makes a big difference.
lol I love the intense heat because it spikes traffic to my meal ideas for hot days hub!! Checking the stats for that hub is like a weather forecast. ;D
The heat doesn't bother me too much (it is in the 90's here right now). I put an AC in my kitchen this year and am actually baking homemade egg rolls @ 425 degrees!
Come to Florida and cool off. It's 87 and will be perfect around 8.30 p.m., sunset. Dogs are walked early or late in the day.
We have central air, it would be hot without it, that's for certain. I also have a pool which feels great this time of year.
EDIT: girly, I'll check out your hub! Fruit smoothies are great during hot months. I slice fresh fruit the night before and freeze it for a morning smoothie made with yogurt (plain), oj, and usually half a banana, add a dash of cinnamon. yum, plus I can drink it on the way to work with a straw.
Fruit pops are also a great way to stay hydrated and cool off in a healthy way.
Here is girly's hub with some helpful ideas for hot weather meals.
http://girlygirl09.hubpages.com/hub/Mea … ummer-Days
Why have I never thought to put cinnamon in a smoothie before? I drink soy protein shakes when I get back from my run nearly every morning and I add all kinds of fruit and I have never once thought of this. I LOVE cinnamon. I shall think of you tomorrow morning!
cinnamon in a smoothie - how decadent, no wonder you get banned so easy !
I'm melting, I've got to get one of those fruit smoothies, sounds EXCELLENT!
i never thought that Canada would have such tropical heat indices...
is the world coming to an end?
Even our polar bears and penguins are wearing sun bloc and cool shades and asking our Inuits for ice cubes in their drinks. lol
Can you people Fed-Ex the heat to Australia please? Bloody freezing here!
Ok Jase, but only if you send some of your cold air over here? We're baking here already...
Yup, fair trade, we got plenty blowing up from Antartica to share all-around
According to a tv weather commentator, as of Friday morning July 22, 2011, the city of Seattle had only experienced 74 minutes of temperatures over 80F so far this summer. We should have that total increased by the end of this weekend as we are supposed to get two 80F days, but you never know...
If you are looking to beat the heat, think about heading to the Pacific Northwest.
or a tad further north across the boarder for maybe 1 degree more or less and a minute or two more or less....bummer summer I say!....ack! what a drag!...what's with that song 'here comes the sun?' - the beattles were brits right? and the Brits love these NA north west coast areas - feels like home
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