More than 90 million people across the country have various heat warnings for dangerously high temperatures. Sunday is expected to bring the highest temperatures to the northeast.
At least one person in New York City died Saturday from heat exposure, a spokesman for the city’s medical examiner said. The person also had other medical problems, the spokesperson said. The expectation was high in the city on Saturday 97 degrees.
Other heat-related deaths during this week’s heat wave include a 66-year-old Dallas woman with underlying health conditions, the county official said. And on Wednesday, a 22-year-old hiker died from possible dehydration and exposure after running out of water in a South Dakota national park, local officials said.
Cities such as Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, DC, are expected to see heat in the upper 90s, with humidity-boosting conditions as high as triple-digit numbers.
The extreme conditions — which experts note are becoming more common around the world due to climate change — have led local officials to issue heat emergencies to free up resources to cope with the heat that millions have endured. Officials are also begging people to exercise extreme caution when spending time outdoors, staying hydrated and keeping an eye on vulnerable communities and neighbors.
Widespread high temperature records are predicted to be tied or broken from the mid-Atlantic to New England (Sunday), with many places projected to reach the upper 90s and heat indices to reach 100 degrees. eclipse,” the forecasting center wrote.
Metro areas experiencing heat emergencies Sunday as temps rise
In Philadelphia — where the maximum temperature is expected to hit 99 degrees on Sunday — officials extended a heat health emergency. Cooling centers, home visits by special teams and improved daytime activities for people who are homeless are available throughout the weekend.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul urged people in her state to use refrigeration centers and monitor particularly vulnerable communities.
“We want everyone to be alert this weekend, watch for signs of heat-related illness and take care of each other,” Hochul said in a press release.
Excessive heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the US
In fact, according to data tracked by the National Weather Service, heat deaths have surpassed by more than 15-to-1 in the past decade.
Part of the problem is that the high humidity, which makes it feel like over 100 degrees in many areas, also makes it harder for the body to cool down.
Arizona’s Maricopa County has seen 29 confirmed heat-related deaths since March, according to the county’s public health department. Last year, there were 16 heat-related deaths in the same period, the health department said. Meanwhile, dozens of other deaths from heat-related causes are being investigated in the province.
According to a report commissioned by the city’s health department last year, New York City has an average of 10 deaths each year from heat stress. The report found a lack of air conditioning in the home “still a major risk factor for death from heat stress.”
It is not known if the person who died from the heat on Saturday had access to air conditioning.
CNN’s Samantha Beech, Isa Kaufman Geballe, Haley Brink, Allison Chinchar and Rachel Ramirez contributed to this report.