The triple-digit heat wave that unrelentingly baked much of the eastern United States last week began to cool off over the weekend, but temperatures will remain sweltering Monday from Texas to Missouri.
Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories are in effect for much of the central U.S. and Ohio Valley as well as the eastern Carolinas, the National Weather Service is reporting. Heat indexes for those areas will be between 110 and 115 degrees, the service says.
Records were set or tied in 41 cities and towns from North Carolina to Maine over the weekend, AccuWeather.com said. All-time highs on Saturday were posted in Newark, New Jersey, where temperatures reached 108; Reading, Pennsylvania, where it was 106; and Philadelphia, where temperatures got up to 103.
Life went on – it was just much sweatier than usual in most heat-struck cities. Many people chose to hit the beach or turn on street hydrants for relief. Many stayed inside and cranked air conditioners to the max. New York had record high temperatures, which were forecast to be lower on Monday. In Saratoga, New York, the weather didn't dampen the celebrated annual horse race Friday, the New York Daily News reported, but water was constantly turned on the horses and they were given buckets of ice.
On Monday, there was much concern about how the heat would affect horses and other livestock across the nation. CNN affiliate KOCO reported that drought had caused a shortage of hay to feed horses in Oklahoma.
Cities that issued warnings to the elderly, infirm and others likely to be harmed by extreme heat are likely to do the same on Monday.
The heat-related death toll in the Chicago area has risen to 12, WLS Radio reported. Nationally, the death toll hovered at the start of this week at more than 20, the National Weather Service reported.
For tips on how to deal with the heat, the Centers for Disease Control has a web page devoted to hot temps.