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. lineman

    The long term trend is toward more moisture in the air leading to more humidity in the air with more numerous and more severe rainstorms and snowstorms. The cause of course is more evaporation from the oceans from higher temperatures. The cause of higher temperatures is higher CO2 in the atmosphere. It is just basic science. Those of us who could live 50 more years will see these conditions worsen. We can start doing something about that now but I don't think we will, the USA is too polarized politiclly to solve any problems let alone global climate change. Remember, when science is in conflict with ideology and theology science always wins and both sides are happier and better off for it.

    August 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • allison lee

      Very intriguing! You are never to old to make a difference! Get out there and do something about it!

      August 6, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. tay zonde


    August 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dave

    In Monterey CA the temperature is 60 degrees and gets up to the low 70's around noon.So if you got the money to beat the heat go to Monterey CA.

    August 5, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ryan

    It has been horrible here. This is only like the 2nd time in my life that I have EVER seen tempratures reach into the 100's. It was 103 yesterday...and the heat index was 113. That just shouldn't be happening this far north!

    August 5, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brandon

    yeah that is retarded to get 1-2 years for that

    August 5, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Snotgridner

    Gives new meaning to the word, "Hot dog".

    August 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. C

    JEEZ! Always enjoy the ALL CAPS posts... There is an app for that...

    August 5, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Xavier

    It's been strange in Oregon, at least in the area I live. Never went above 100 and it usually does. Enjoying it tho 😀

    August 6, 2010 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Smith in Oregon

    So much for Global Warming, the Earth has now gone to Global Heating despite the Archie Bunkers that want Black Slaves picking their cotton and Brown Americans baby's dumped on the Mexican border.

    When do the Earth's citizens begin suing Big Oil for their products effects on our health and global environment? Big Oil has caused the world's largest and most wide spread casing of poisoning with their 'leaded gas' product which placed some 11 Million tons of lead into America alone, in it's water, land, air and food chain. Where are the class action lawsuits against Big Oil just for that alone? Bush sr. ordered a known carcinogen and poison (Methanol) Wood Alcohol to be added to gasoline. That destroyed millions of Ma and Pop gas stations across America as tanks needed to be replaced and those that leaked Wood Alcohol into the fresh water aquifer's were many. Where are the class action suits against Big Oil just for that alone? Global Heating causing numerous heat related deaths, Lead Poisoning, Wood Alcohol poisoning, isn't it time to sue Big Oil back to the dark ages? Oh that's right, Big Oil paid the campaigns that placed some 50% of the Gulf States federal judges on the bench. Big Oil appears to own Supreme Court chief justice Roberts also.

    August 6, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Smartest guy here

    Quit complaining about the weather in the city you CHOSE to live in

    August 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
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