NEW YORK CITY, New York: Amidst the increasing likelihood of extreme weather, this week some 100 million Americans are under heat warnings as temperatures rise to above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).
The National Weather Service has announced that temperatures are expected to break daily records in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, while New York City temperatures are forecast to reach 99 degrees F.
Texas, where the high temperature was expected to reach 112 F (44.4 C), issued an advisory for Dallas warning the public against strenuous activity and urged the public to remain hydrated.
In New York, The Brooklyn Bay Ridge Salvation Army cooling center, one of many Salvation Army centers across the country, operated just a few days in June, but it is now expected to stay open at least until the end of the week.
Meanwhile, local sanitation worker Mako Arroyo, 32, said he walks inside businesses to cool off occasionally along his one-mile route.
“There is nothing else you can do but to stay hydrated. Luckily, on each block there is a store,” Arroyo added, as reported by Reuters.
Air pollution is another health risk exacerbated by the heat. When power stations run continually to keep air conditioners running, pollution from the electric grid can more than double.
Also, U.S. President Joe Biden announced a modest package of executive policies aimed at addressing climate change, which include new funding for cooling centers and new off-shore wind projects in the Gulf of Mexico.