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. DirtyBob

    Just a normal day in the desert.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian

    Kingman, AZ 120 degrees.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • GREG

      The all time record for Kingman is only 111. Only looking at 101 today.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |

      with ZERO HUMIDITY.

      August 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrew

    It's gloooooooooooobal waaaaaaaaaarrrmmming!

    August 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cris

      No, it's called Summer. It's been this hot before here in Mississippi.

      August 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista

      @Cris Of course in most places you can say it's been "this hot" before. Well, other than all the places that are breaking the heat record on these days... But the point is the number of day it's been "this hot", and how that's a great deal more than it has been in the past, and the average temperature for the year is the highest since it's been recorded. Yes, the climate is a changing... Go visit the arctic sometime if you just can't believe it unless you see it.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      Amen Chris. It's SUMMER. Every time it gets hot somebody tries to play the global warming card.

      Don't the "man made global warming" theorists know that it's getting hotter on other planets too?

      It's most likely due to some sort of massive heat source at the centre of the galaxy ..... would be my guess.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hot in Illinois

    And Sarah Palin and the rest of the rebulicans say there is no global warming?????

    August 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • lochlan

      I'm not republican and I know there is no global warming. DO you want to see the motive behind the whole global warming scam.

      "May 30 (Bloomberg) - The world market for carbon-dioxide emissions may be worth as much as $20 trillion a year within a decade, according to Richard Sandor, chairman of Climate Exchange Plc, owner of emissions markets in London and Chicago."

      August 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista

      @lochlan That is the stupidest thing I've heard all day.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      I'm not denying that Global Warming is happening, just that humans have any significant influence on it.

      It's also happening on other planets in our solar system, such as Mars.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rdg1

    Excessive heat, earthquakes in Eastern Canada, Washington DC, Louisiana. Increased Earthquake activity in California. US economic disaster. The oil disaster in the gulf. Moral corruption in the US. Looks to me that GOD could be a little angry with the US.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gwen

      Boy are you right and I don't blame him. Our country has gone to pot literally. Washington is only out for themselves and money and votes. It is uncomprehensible and they blame Obama for all of it. That is a joke. He just brought all the creepy crawlers out of the woodwork when he was elected, they were always there but we didn't know it. They don't know how to handle an honest person for a change they got so used to the Bush and Cheney era.

      August 5, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rdg1

      They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator– who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. (NIV, Romans 1:25-27)

      August 5, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rdg1

      Doesn't Obama support what the scripture above is talking about.

      August 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rdg1

      Also 1st Corinthians 6:9-11

      August 5, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daylen

      The idea that God is directing events in the world to punish people for whatever reason is absurd. It's quite frightening that a good percentage of the population thinks this way.

      August 5, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista

      Wow, I feel sorry for you. You believe in a God who kills 100k people with Tsunamis or thousands with earthquakes, including innocent children and babies because he gets a bit ticked off at what you consider to be "immoral". *LOL*.

      So I guess when the sun goes nova in a few billion years it's because God just wants to wipe us all out and start over... doesn't matter that All suns go nova and All planets that have a molten core are geographically active, and that humans create their own disasters (oil) through stupidity.

      Your God wouldn't be worthy of worship. But I guess you go with the "fear God" mentality.

      I suppose You'll never die in a natural disaster because you're Just So Righteous!

      August 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista

      Oops, make that Geologically active 😀 Well, at various points in geography... heh.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • almxx

      Daylen; So you are saying these events are self inflicted? Or are they just "natural events" (following existing laws} implemented by whom? And magically effecting whoever is effected?

      August 5, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pamela

      @Krista: God does NOT do the evil things that go on in this world. He lets us suffer the consequences of our actions and/or allows Satan to wreck havoc. This is because God must let sin and Satan run their course. I'm unsure of the God that you know, or who was presented to you, but the God I know is the God of love. If you do not believe in God, that is fine, but if you make accusations against Him, then make sure they are accurate.

      August 10, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gwen

    Sarah Palin and the Republicans are also brainless or haven't you noticed!!!!

    August 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dominic

    Global warming. Period. This June was the hottest June ever recorded. This summer has been a constant heat wave.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daylen

      YES. People need to WAKE UP and see all this extreme weather for what it is. Record shattering snow storms in the winter followed by record shattering heat in the summer. This and scientific consensus. To deny global warming is akin to denying that the earth is round.

      August 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • th5128

      RECORDED.....humans haven't been around all that long. Heat waves and cold spells come and go and are a cyclical process over hundreds, thousands, and even millions of years. I'm not saying we're helping our ozone, but it's not going to implode on itself in the next year. Chill out, you're obviously just a left wing nutcase.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista

      That's why they study Ice Cores. Our 'recorded' history when it comes to temps is a lot longer than how long we've had thermometers on our porches 😛

      August 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      Global warming deniers do NOT deny Global Warming is happening. They deny that mankind has anything to do with it.

      It's pretty obvious that the planet is heating up.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    The global warming is a lie of liberals. I trust in Sarah.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daylen

      Global Warming is a lie? How oblivious are you. Every single reputable scientist says global warming is real, and we have evidence before our own eyes. Record shattering snow storms in the winter, record shattering heat. WAKE UP.

      Do you also believe that the earth is flat?

      August 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marilyn

    I have never had a problem with the drier 100+ heat in the southwest. I tolerate the heat in Vegas with no problem. However, 100+ in the Mississippi River Valley is VERY different. We accept that our summers are 90+, uncomfortable and that the heat often lasts well into the Fall. It's the price we pay for mild winters. But this summer is becoming a major killer. this type of heat usually lasts a few weeks at most and It is easier to put up with when you can see a light at the end of the tunnel. The trouble is that this is our 5th week of dangerous heat and there is no end in sight. It is literally impossible to breath outside, even at midnight.

    August 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Daylen

    Why doesn't the media report what is actually going on? Record shattering snows in the east in the winter months, and record shattering heat in the summer months. BREAKING RECORDS left and right. Do you think it's actually a COINCIDENCE that all these weather records are being broken in a short time frame?

    WAKE UP PEOPLE. This is global warming (climate change), and if we don't do anything about it, it's not going to be pretty in the future.

    August 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • lochlan

      Could you tell me the weather on this day in New England in the year 1510? No. How about 15million years earlier? What are you planning on doing to keep the whole world at a specific non changing temperature for all this tax money? What if keeping the temperature constant is a bad thing?

      DO you want to see the motive behind the whole global warming scam.

      "May 30 (Bloomberg) – The world market for carbon-dioxide emissions may be worth as much as $20 trillion a year within a decade, according to Richard Sandor, chairman of Climate Exchange Plc, owner of emissions markets in London and Chicago."

      August 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daylen

      @ Iochlan do I become a climate scientists? They must ALL be in on this conspiracy to earn $20 trillion a year by lying about their research.

      And plus your assertion is based on gross logical fallacy. Just because there is a market for something doesn't necessarily mean that the market has been created under false pretenses. The market for sunscreen is fairly decent. Do you think doctors fabricated the dangers of exposure to the sun in order to sell sunscreen? Bologna.

      August 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • lochlan

      Daylen – First stop saying all scientists. Not even close. Second, a lot of them are paid to say what they are saying. You know what BP was doing down in Alabama and Louisiana? They were trying to hire all the marine scentists at the universities, so to prevent them from testifying against BP and to be under the control of BP. Did you ever hear about all the scientists a couple hundred years ago that were doing all sorts of formulas and math to prove the Earth was the center of the Universe? To not go along with this was considered heiressy. If lucky you would just lose your job, if not, your life. Scientists are easily prone to bullying, especially considering they are political pawns by the people who fund them and the revenue they can produce for the elite.

      There is plenty of proof that they are fudging the numbers and making stuff up all over the place. ClimateGate, blew them out of the water. But that wasn't enough to stop people chasing the $trillions/year in carbon tax credits. In the '70s they talked about global cooling. You are cheering on taxes for the world, and they offer no solutions what-so-ever, except charge everyone money.

      August 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • km6xu

      Yeah, it's only a mere 97 percent of all climatologists; you can't ignore that whopping 3 percent! Also, I think that I will declare polio to be a sham. Do you know how much money is made with vaccines, checkups at the doctor, and the like?

      August 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      Whebn the "reputable scientists" are only looking at 150 years of "recorded data" on temperatures, and when the planet is 4.5 billion years old, that means that they're ignoring 99.99999997 % of the data on the planet.

      Given that there are 6.5 billion people on the planet, and that 0.0000003 percent is about 200, and that there are more than 200 ferraris sold every month worldwide, I'm going to ignore all the other data and just assume that every single person on the planet drives a Ferrari.

      Global Warming exists, but mankind has NEVER been able to influence a system such as planetary weather. It's a natural cycle which we are just witnessing for the first time.

      Reducing carbon emmisions will not have enough of an impact to reverse this, as the biggest cause of Global Warming is some sort of obscure heat source at the center of the galaxy.

      August 5, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lochlan

    DO you want to see the motive behind the whole global warming scam.

    "May 30 (Bloomberg) – The world market for carbon-dioxide emissions may be worth as much as $20 trillion a year within a decade, according to Richard Sandor, chairman of Climate Exchange Plc, owner of emissions markets in London and Chicago."

    August 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista

      First climate change science is older than the idea of selling carbon credits 😛 So you're putting the chicken before the egg. Secondly, yes, if the governments limit carbon pollution then choosing to continue to pollute will cost companies money. It's simple economics. Your logic is... well, non-existent.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      In the Middle Ages, catholic priests usesd to sell pre blessed forgiveness for sins, and made MILLIONS (even in Middle Ages value) doing this.

      Carbon credits are the modern day equivalent. Big Government and Big Business will make TRILLIONS of dollars buying/selling carbon credits, for little justifiable benefit.

      August 5, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    Would it be too hard to list the states?

    August 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jerry

    I sure wouldn't mind some heat in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are dealing with our coolest summer in over 30 years.

    August 5, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. I Anit your Daddy

    its hot drink water. Okay done !

    August 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Langor

    OK, here is your chance to flame me good. I don't think that 2 years in jail or any serious fine is in order for accidentally killing any pet and yes I am compassionate... to human beings. 2 years in jail to totally screw up a human beings life over a pet, by God I say anyone wanting to send a person to jail over this needs to re-examine their definition of compassion and get a damned life. There but for the grace of God go I, think about that for a while and not in some biblical sense. Pets aren't people and don't deserve the level of protection that people deserve, hate me if you will.

    August 5, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • alisa

      wow, you are truly a piece of garbage

      August 5, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Accidentally? I don't think so.

      August 5, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paula Hurst

      You must be a real jerk and I would hate to be the pet of such an uncaring idiot like you. If you would do that to a pet you would do it to a person in a heartbeat.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista

      Who says it was an accident? Nobody is stupid enough to think that there's no risk to leaving an animal (or person) in a car on a hot day. Even if the animal hadn't died, it would've suffered. In fact one must wonder how many times he tortured that animal in the heat of a car on other days/incidents.

      In any case, the 2 years is the maximum sentence. That law is probably also for use against people who torture animals to death with obvious intent.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
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