Extremely high temperatures are believed to ravage most of the United States this week as forecasts indicate record-breaking temperatures will linger until the next weekend.
Over 85 million Americans, mostly living in the regions spanning the Pacific Northwest, the Southern Great Plains, and the Interstate 95 corridor of the East Coast, have experienced excessive heat advisories released by the National Weather Service.
The agency warned of “extremely oppressive” conditions from Washington to Boston, with numerous record highs expected to be tied or broken in the Northeast.
High Temperatures to Persist for the Rest of the Week
Philadelphia has opened cooling centers for the public as the area was baked with, not considering humidity, 99-degree weather on Sunday. Meanwhile, Newark, New Jersey, recently experienced its fifth day in a row of temperatures over 100 degrees – the city’s longest streak since recording in 1931. In Boston, the city experienced 100-degree temperature, breaking the previous record high, 98 degrees, which was set in 1933.
The West Coast is also experiencing record-breaking temperatures, specifically in Seattle, Portland, and Northern California. This is still expected to climb to the highest levels since last year’s heat wave, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds living in the Pacific Northwest.
Highs ranging from 95 degrees to 110 degrees were forecast for inland areas. An excessive heat watch was issued for central and eastern Washington state and the central Idaho Panhandle from Tuesday morning through Friday evening.
The extreme weather temperatures and record-breaking fuel costs have caused an increased risk of widespread and recurring blackouts in over half of the country during the summer months, as per the Northern American Energy Reliability Corporation’s 2022 Summer Reliability Assessment, which they published in May.
The report points out that a large part of the United States’s western half is at risk of large-scale blackouts and capacity shortfalls when peak usage hours roll along.
The report also cited a wide array of problems that contribute to the risk. These include decreased hydroelectric generation due to widespread drought, damages in transmission lines caused by extreme weather events, sudden or premature closure of coal and fossil fuel plants, as well as supply chain issues that continue to plague American and global industries.
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