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More than 85 million Americans from the central U.S. to the Northeast are receiving heat warnings or advisories Saturday morning, as officials across the country urge people to take precautions when outdoors.

“The sweltering heat over the northeastern US this weekend could see 30+ stations approach or exceed their record high temperatures by Sunday, with high humidity setting three-digit heat indices along the I-95 corridor,” the Weather Prediction Center warned Friday.

“In terms of actual high temperatures, look for maximum daytime temperatures to eclipse the century mark in the Central Plains and record-breaking high temps from the Central Plains to the northeast today (Saturday).”

Heat Index Values ​​– what the air feels like — could hit at least 105 degrees Fahrenheit this weekend in parts of the northeast and mid-Atlantic, helped by the stifling humidity, the forecast center noted.

The dangerous temperatures — which experts are finding are becoming more common around the world as a result of climate change — have prompted state and local leaders to take steps to help their residents cope with the oppressive conditions.

“Tempers at night will struggle to drop below 80 degrees, especially in highly urbanized areas like Center City Philadelphia,” the National Weather Service office in nearby Mount Holly said.

In New York, the governor is urging people 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,” Governor Kathy Hochul said in a press release.

In Philadelphia — where the air is expected to feel as hot as 107 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday — officials have extended a health emergency. Cooling centers, home visits by special teams and improved daytime activities for people who are homeless are available through Sunday.

In Washington, DC, a heat emergency is in effect until at least Monday morning as temperatures are expected to be 95 degrees or higher, the mayor announced. Shelters and cooling centers have also been opened for those who need them, the mayor said.

Sylvia Carrasquillo reacts as she sits in front of an open fire hydrant in New York City's The Bronx on Friday.

There were at least 2 heat-related deaths in the US this week

The extreme heat has claimed at least two lives so far this week.

In Dallas, a 66-year-old woman with underlying health problems as a result of heat-related problems, a district official said Thursday.

And on Wednesday, a 22-year-old hiker died from possible dehydration and exposure in a South Dakota national park, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The hiker was flown to a hospital after running out of water while hiking an unmarked trail in Badlands National Park.

According to the National Weather Service, peaks in the area this week were in the upper 90s. Typically, maximum temperatures in July are 92 degrees.

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In Arizona, officials in Maricopa County reported that at least 29 people have died from heat-related problems since March — most of whom were outdoors. Last year, there were 16 heat-related deaths in the same period in 2021, the county’s public health department said. Meanwhile, dozens of other deaths from heat-related causes are being investigated in the province.

Excessive heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the US. The conditions brought about by climate change have made extreme weather events more deadly and more frequent.

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.

Meanwhile, in New Mexico, two women died on Thursday after flash floods in San Miguel County, the sheriff said in a statement.

First responders there found the bodies of the two women in a creek canal after seeing a car capsized, Sheriff Chris Lopez said. A man was also reported missing in the flood, he added.

85% of the US will experience high temperatures next week

About 85% of the U.S. population — or 273 million people — could see highs of more than 90 degrees in the next week. And about 55 million people could see high temperatures of 100 degrees or more over the next seven days.

On Saturday, “sizzling temperatures” will plague the Middle Mississippi Valley and Central Plains with temperatures expected to exceed 100 degrees, the Weather Forecast Center said.
Heat Index Forecast for Saturday

Daytime temperatures can reach 100 degrees in much of the southwest, with over 110 degrees in some areas, according to the center.

The south-central region can expect high temperatures in the triple digits every day between Sunday and Thursday, the forecast center noted.

“There is good news in the medium range (after the weekend) as an approaching cold front brings a brief injection of cooler temperatures to the Midwest and Northeast, but the core of the intense heat shifts early to the U.S. south and Northwest of the Pacific Ocean next week,” the forecast center wrote.

CNN’s Samantha Beech, Robert Shackelford, Rachel Ramirez, Rebekah Riess, Paradise Afshar and Haley Brink contributed to this report.


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