Intense Heat Wave This Week Will Cause 100-Degree Temperatures for 25 Million Across the U.S.

Our news feed is full of pictures of kids going back to school, but just because school is starting doesn’t mean summer is over yet. In fact, intense summer heat is expected in over 2 dozen states this week.

Approximately 25 million people in the United States will experience temperatures over 100 degrees this week. While some southern states may be used to triple digit temperatures on hot summer days, 100-degree plus temperatures are quite unusual for these parts of the country. We’re talking about states like Oregon and Washington all the way across the country to states like New Hampshire and Maine. On average, the temperatures in these states will be 10 to 15 degrees higher than usual.

According to a report released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), heat waves like the one expected this week are related to human emissions of greenhouse gases. 

The heat wave definitely won’t help wildfires. There are approximately 105 wildfires burning across the United States including the Dixie Fire in California, which is the second largest wildfire ever recorded in the state. In fact, the heat might cause even more wildfires to start.

The United States isn’t the only country being hit hard by heat this week. A heat wave in the Mediterranean has led to deadly fires in Turkey and Greece.

If you live in a state that is experiencing a heat wave, be sure to stay hydrated. Air conditioning is your friend, but if you don’t have air conditioning, fans and cold showers can help. You can also DIY a temporary air conditioning solution by pointing a fan at a bowl filled with ice.

Be sure not to forget about your pets. If you have pets that usually stay outdoors, make sure they have plenty of water and a cold place to lie down, like a tile floor or a wet towel.

What’s the weather like where you live? Do you live in a state that’s experiencing a heat wave this week? What’s your favorite way to cool off during a heat wave?