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The Euro shows and a massive heat wave developing with temperatures rising above 100°over much of the Middle Atlantic states including the big cities of the northeast with the heat expanding into the Ohio Valley the Tennessee Valley into the Carolinas and the Deep South.
A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessively hot weather, which may be accompanied by high humidity. There is no universal definition of a heat wave; the term is relative to the usual weather in the area. Temperatures that people from a hotter climate consider normal can be termed a heat wave in a cooler area if they are outside the normal climate pattern for that area. The term is applied both to routine weather variations and to extraordinary spells of heat which may occur only once a century. Severe heat waves have caused catastrophic crop failures, thousands of deaths from hyperthermia, and widespread power outages due to increased use of air conditioning.
Hyperthermia is an elevated body temperature due to failed thermoregulation. Hyperthermia occurs when the body produces or absorbs more heat than it can dissipate. When the elevated body temperatures are sufficiently high, hyperthermia is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment to prevent disability and death.
Rash of drownings as Russians attempt to escape heat
Moscow, Russia (CNN) -- More than 1,000 Russians have drowned recently as they attempted to find relief from a stifling heat wave -- many of them after drinking alcohol, officials said.
Vadim Seryogin, a department head at Russia's Emergencies Ministry, told reporters Wednesday that 49 people, including two children, had drowned in the last day. More than 1,200 total have drowned, 223 of them between July 5 and July 12.
Heat wave likely to blame for jump in pool drownings, says expert
A nationwide spike in the number of drownings this year, highlighted recently by 10 deaths in 10 days in Ontario, underlines the importance of caution in the water, experts say.
"The frustrating thing is there's always things you can do to prevent it," said Barbara Byers, the public education director with Lifesaving Society. "These aren't really accidents. They're preventable fatalities."
As of Wednesday, there were 187 drownings across Canada in 2010, Byers said, noting the unofficial number is tracked through media and police reports. Using the same tracking tools, there were 161 deaths by the same day in 2009.
The increase in deaths at pools is also alarming, she said. In the 10 days around the Canada Day long-weekend, 10 drowning deaths were reported in Ontario, five of which were in pools.
"In a year, normally 10 per cent are in pools, which would be one in this case. Across the land, 28 per cent of the drownings have been in pools this year," she said, noting the spate of pool deaths can probably be blamed on the heat wave.
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Fresh off a week of extreme heat that had temperatures topping out in triple digits, it looks like we're in for another heat wave.
Temperatures today are expected to climb to 90 degrees or higher around much of the region.
And over the next eight days, we are forecast to be in the 90s every day except possibly Sunday.
An official heat wave is three consecutive days of 90 degrees or above.
This afternoon will feature a partly sunny sky.
We cannot rule out a stray thunderstorm this afternoon, but most places will be dry.
Friday will feature hot and humid conditions with highs in the lower and middle 90s.
A thunderstorm will affect the area Friday night into Saturday.
Saturday's highs will be near 90 degrees. It will be humid under a mix of clouds and sun.