How Northeasterners are Finding Relief From Massive Heat Wave

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Once again, as in summers past, the Northeast United States is facing a major heat wave, with temperatures reaching one hundred degrees in some places such as New York and Washington D.C. For millions of people, finding relief from the heat has been a challenge.

Due to the massive heat wave in the Northeast United States, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory to warn residents from Boston down to Washington to be careful in the outdoor heat. They shared that the high temperatures and high humidity could be very dangerous and put young children younger than five years old and the elderly, older than sixty four years, in particular at an increased risk for sickness.

Millions of children on summer vacation from school have been using public city fountains and fire hydrants for instant relief from the major heat wave. This has not been boding well with police and city official, however, for it is not legal to jump in city fountains or set off fire hydrants for this reason. "In a bid to prevent the illegal opening of hydrants, New York fire houses were issuing spray caps designed to keep the gush to a manageable level."

Many adults are piling into municipal "cooling centers" to get relief from the massive heat wave after "excessive heat" advisories were posted in New York City and Philadelphia. This has been putting power companies under severe pressure to produce enough power to cool all these residents.

Electricity usage was expected to reach a huge increase throughout the densely populated United States northeast regions. A major utility company, Con Ed in New York, shared that this massive heat wave was "expected to cause a record demand for power as customers switched air conditioners into overdrive and raided freezers and fridges for refreshments."

New York's health and emergency management departments gave helpful suggestions to residents in the Northeast about how to stay safe in the massive heat wave. They suggested to, "drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, check up on relatives and neighbors, keep strenuous activity to between 4:00 and 7:00 a.m., stay in cooling centers or malls, museums or movie theatres."

Written by Dr. KC Kelly

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