August 5th, 2010
10:43 AM ET

Holy heat! 19 states baking under heat advisories

Intense heat continued to suffocate the South and other parts of the U.S. on Thursday, where 19 states are under heat advisories - and seven of those also are under excessive heat warnings.

The advisories stretch from Texas to New York City. The heat index, which is what the body perceives the temperature to be, is expected to reach 115° F again Thursday in some locations, with actual temperatures soaring into the triple digits.

A combination of sweltering temperatures and high humidity could cause heat-related illnesses, the National Weather Service said.

National Weather Service: Check advisories in your area

Record high temperatures from Wednesday include:

- Hot Springs, Arkansas: 108 degrees

- Pine Bluff, Arkansas: 107 degrees

- Greenwood, Mississippi: 104 degrees

- Memphis, Tennessee: 104 degrees

The Northeast will have a brief episode of heat Thursday, when some areas could see temperatures 10 degrees above the average for this time of year, but highs are expected to drop back into the upper 80s for the weekend. The extreme heat and humidity could stick around this weekend in the South, however.

iReport: How hot is it it where you live?

The number of suspected heat-related deaths reported by health officials across the South and Midwest in the past week reached at least nine Wednesday as temperatures continued to hit triple digits. Those at greater risk include infants and young children, people 65 or older, and those who are already ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.

The Chart: Is it too hot for your health?

The health department of Kansas City, Missouri, said Wednesday that the Jackson County medical examiner was investigating the city's fourth suspected heat-related death since Friday. CNN affiliate KSHB reported that a Wichita man died Monday while attending the Van's Warped Tour concert at Sandstone Ampitheater. Authorities haven't said how 26-year-old Curtis A. DeForest died.

KSHB: Tips to cool your house

In Tennessee, Shelby County Medical Examiner Karen E. Chancellor said a 77-year-old man was found dead Tuesday evening in his Memphis home. His death was from natural causes, but heat was a contributing factor. In Bartlett, Tennessee, CNN affiliate WMC reported that a 66-year-old man collapsed in his yard Friday while mowing the lawn. He died from chronic illnesses, but heat exposure was ruled to be a contributing factor.

WMC reported that Memphis has also opened four cooling centers to help people avoid the dangerous heat.

"We're doing it all over the city, going door-to-door to make sure people are aware of resources and that they don't have to be hot," Alvin Benson, director of Fire Services for the city of Memphis, told WMC. "There are cooling centers in the city, and there is air conditioning available."

In Mississippi, a 48-year-old Gulfport man died of heat exposure Monday, according to the county coroner.

The man was working on road construction and "had cramped in the upper extremities," said Jackson County, Mississippi, Coroner Vicki Broadus. "It was his first day on the job as a concrete smoother."

And an 81-year-old Monroe County, Mississippi, woman also died of heat stroke on Saturday, said county Coroner Alan Gurley.

The Alabama Department of Health said one man died of heat exposure last week. No other information was available.

The record heat also contributed to the death of a dog after an Austin man left his pet in his car while he shopped in an electronics store, CNN affiliate KXAN in Austin, Texas, reported. Christopher Richard Schmitt, 25, was charged with cruelty to a nonlivestock animal, a state felony punishable by up to two years in jail, for the death of his 2-year-old Weimaraner.

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  1. Jim

    110+ in Central AZ. SOunds like a lot of prep work to continue the hype about global warming. Animals die in hot cars. Don't leave them there. At least two of the counts in this article say heat was a contibuter, but not a cause. A little slant there? Young guy dies at a concert, probably drinking alchohol instead of water. Another young guy dies at work, fisrt day on job finishing concrete, probably inexperienced and not enough water. This is all very sad, but still sounds like hype to me.

    August 5, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Phoenix

    Dear people that are having issues with the heat, buy an air conditioner. you can get single room unit for under $100 and it will help you NOT DIE! We have been using them here in AZ for years now!

    August 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debra

      Dear Phoenix – I've had the "pleasure" of visiting your fair city...............what a wasteland........no grass no trees..........enjoy the hellish temps to go with the equally hellish vistas.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Living in Phx

      @ Debra
      You're most cordially invited to not visit again. Summer here is harsh, but it's a nice when the visitors go home and relieve some of the traffic congestion they bring. As for the vista's, you must've had your eyes closed. There's a reason so many photos of famous Arizona sunsets are all over the internet & print. They're really quite stunning.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • RW

      Dear Phoenix,

      AC's are virtually useless when humidity is this high...they frequently freeze up where the condenser collects so much moisture from the air...that moisture ends up frozen by the AC output and then it shuts off, and at times can blow a breaker... any other ideas?

      August 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Duncan

      Install window tint in your house and car. It will keep you cool without having to shell out money for a new AC unit and it won't increase your electric bill. We were looking at a new AC system and could not afford it so we purchased window tint kits from SnapTint. They really helped reduce glare and heat coming into the house from the sun and our old AC system is able to manage.

      August 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Grippi

    UGHH! Not only is the heat uncomfortable, but it is the WORST for waste in my outhouse. It turns all the brown solids to liquid and makes anyone within a 2 mile radius feel like they are snorkeling in a pool of feces.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • kdc

      @Grippi

      Oh, hasn't anyone told you? We have running water now!

      August 5, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Phil Kendall

    It says the guy went "shopping in an electronics store" in Austin, TX. I bet it was Fry's Electronics. You could be in that place all day and not realize where the time went.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      It was at the Austin Fry's location. I've spent many hours in that store. It also has a dark asphalt parking lot, so the lot gets really hot.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dan

    The incident with the dog that died in Austin happened back on July 8th, so it's not tied to the current heat wave. Compared to last summer, this summer has been more mild until this week, but still you can't leave a person or a dog in a car with the windows rolled up in 90+ degree heat.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hahah

    All you southerners were making fun of us Up North because We had a hat wave... karma's a bitc*

    August 5, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Mooseter

      It's spelt "heat."

      August 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • tkimball

      Spelt is not a word, either. It's spelled.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaysommersby@yahoo.com

      We have em all the time. Look how many of yall griped, complained, and died not knowing what to do. No karma here... just everyday, everyday. It's hot as can get down here... but the south still rocks baby!! OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Paula Hurst

    If you are idiot enough to leave your pet in a car in over 100 degree heat you should be locked in there yourself and experience every single agony that little thing felt before it died, trustfully depending on you to protect and care for it. You should be shot, hanged, tarred and feathered, and drawn and quartered. There is nothing too bad to do to a human being for killing their pet by leaving it in the heat (or the cold, for that matter). I would NEVER leave my cat in a hot car or a cold car.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • tkimball

      Paula, that's like blowing up an abortion clinic and killing the doctors because they killed babies. Ok, it's not that extreme, but seriously, the man should be sentenced to never owning a pet again and have to do lots of community service to support animal charities, and have to pay a large fine. Your idea of punishing him is a bit extreme. Child abusers and pedophiles get less time in many cases. Please don't be so hateful.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. makesnosense

    We have a heat wave in the South EVERY summer...this ones just lasting longer than the others. As for making fun, why would we make fun of your weather patterns? Last time I checked you dont control those.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chopswell

    I'd also be concerned about the oil volatilization from the gulf. All that evaporating Benzine and crap that is still in the air–then add that to the heat and humidity. I wouldn't want to be breathing air anywhere from coastal MS to NC and below to FL. Be aware of symptoms of sore throats, headaches and nausea. That may be due to the oil and not just the heat and humidity! And on the guy with the dog–2 years would be good. That's plenty of time away from your life to learn the seriousness of your neglect. A dog is man's best friend and will do nothing but want to love you! ESPECIALLY a weimereiner! All dogs like that, Vizsla's, Labs, etc....most loyal and devoted dogs around. If you were going shopping, you should have had 1/2 a brain and understanding to keep the dog home where it was cool.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    George Bush and Dick Cheney have turned on their Hot Weather Generator when they realized that blowing up the Deep Water Horizon Well did not cause the environmental disaster they thought it would. Somewhere out there is a picture of G.W. and Cheney smiling in a boat with Sarah Palin sitting in the back of the boat in a bikini, and it is speeding away from a smoking and flaming Deep Water Horizon Well. You libs are so funny.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jason

    i love this weather its awesome bring on the bake. im waiting for winter when people are like god its tooo cold i want it to be really hot out haha

    August 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BajaJohn

    Global warming as a result of climate change is upon the land especially in the Red States.

    August 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tkimball

    Why are people so hateful to each other on these posts? It's ok to express your opinions, but stop being so mean. I would never leave a dog or my child in a car in this heat. Perhaps the man should get a butt load of community service at the ASPCA or the humane society to learn his lesson.

    August 5, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Mooseter

      So he can take all the animals on a "walk" whil he ties them up outside to the bike rack and goes and shops for another iPod?! I think not!!

      Youre stupid.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • tkimball

      No, I'm not stupid and I didn't say he should get away with it. You can cowardly hide behind your computer and spout out hateful things to others, but that makes you ignorant. You would not say that to someone in "real" life. Typing something so awful is cowardly. You would get docked if you were that rude in person. Stop being so hateful.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • tkimball

      Also Mooseter, I believe you're just angry because I called you out on correcting someone's grammar when you had your own misspelled word. I don't believe that makes me stupid. Once again, stop being so hateful.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Mooseter

      I congratulate you on correcting me on my misspelling. I appreciate the help. Now that my literary problems have been corrected maybe you can see a shrink next for yours? Also I do say "that" in real life, and the comment I made on yours was BEFORE the comment you made on mine. So stfu.

      August 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SweatHog

    Temperatures reached over 150 degrees today within the Whitehouse as President Obama got pinned to the wall over blatant corruption taking place in OUR court system. The hardcopy evidence of fraud was overwhelming and at one point ignited into flames. It was amasing. That is my story and opinion.

    August 5, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tim

    I love the heat , it far far far better than the bone chilling winters , I pray winters never come , enjoy the warm weather while it lasts , it will be soon over and then we will again have a miserable , nasty and long cold winter .. aarrgh

    August 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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