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Heat wave puts over half of U.S. population under heat alerts

Posted on AllSides July 26th, 2023
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A heat wave that has hammered the southern U.S. for weeks expanded into the Great Plains, Midwest and Northeast on Wednesday, triggering heat alerts for over 170 million people, according to the National Weather Service.

Why it matters: The extreme heat is expected to persist over a massive swath of the country through Friday, all the while posing an immediate risk to public health.

Heat events are the top annual weather-related killer in the U.S., especially when they persist over a long period of time, as the current heat wave...

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