Headline RoundupJune 17th, 2024

NWS Warns of Potentially Record-Breaking Heat Wave Across Midwest, Northeast

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Experts are warning that the Midwest and Eastern United States will experience a potentially record-breaking heat wave this week. 

Details: In certain cities across the Midwest, such as Cincinnati, Ohio, the heat index, which measures the temperature plus the exacerbating impact of humidity, already surpassed 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory on Monday for portions of Indiana and Ohio through Friday, stating, “Dangerously hot conditions with heat index values between 95 and 105 expected throughout the week. Low temperatures in the 70s at night will provide little relief from the heat.” The Weather Service went on to warn of the potential health risks associated with high heat, stating the heat will “increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.” Individuals living in areas under a heat advisory are advised to “Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.”

Key Quotes: On Sunday, The National Weather Service stated in a post on X, “Record-breaking #heat is forecast to expand from the Midwest and Great Lakes to the Northeast this week, potentially lingering through early next week. The duration of this heat wave is notable and potentially the longest experienced in decades for some locations.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum are covering the heat wave mildly, highlighting the potential record-breaking nature of the heat and the health risks.

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