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. rob

    Killing a dog 2 yrs?? Wow we sure put legal focus on the right things... Everytime I am at a park and there are piles of dog crap in the grass or I hear a dog bark at night I wish they all were dead.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
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  2. Anonymous

    110 Down here in Augusta Ga plus it rained for 2 seconds so the humidity is awful. Its like breathing mud. But heck I guess we are used to it!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob Barton

    when I was on the sheriff's department in Palm Beach County.I worked a case on a dead baby,the parents were drunk when they went to bed and put the baby in between them.Well someone roled over on the infant and smothered it.when I got the call/responded the child already had rigamortis.Now these people needed to go to jail for murder but they didn't get fecal matter..Some justice

    August 5, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jamie

    Years back I broke the window out of a car with a dog inside in a mall parking lot. An Australian shepard. He was so hot he could not stand up. Took him in the mall and got in the big fountain with him to cool him down and asked someone to call security. The cops came and took over the dog while I showed them the car. The officer told me to leave and said he would wait for the person to come back to the car. He never asked me for ID. I will do it again.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jamie

    For those that think it's "Just a Dog".

    Bad people are the strongest when good people do nothing.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. vixen

    wish we had a little more heat here in Hawaii. it's been a overcast & rainy summer. Definitely not beach weather.

    August 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Me

    It's been a very pleasant, relatively cool summer here in south Texas – with tons of rain. These things go in cycles. Last summer in south Texas it was absolutely brutal. We were in an awful drought with hundred degree temps quite often. A couple of summers before that? Relatively cool with tons of rain. Like I said – it's all cyclical. The very best thing these states could do is start encouraging residents to have central a/c (which is the only reason pretty much all of Texas is as heavily populated as it is). No central a/c? Yeah, people are inevitably going to die of heat stroke in the summer – especially in cramped, urban environments (surrounded by concrete which exacerbates the heat), on upper floors of large buildings (heat rises), and without any central air conditioning. The answer is to promote central a/c conversions.

    August 5, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jsizzle

    95 degrees and 95% humidity in Tampa, not fun!

    August 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Guest 2

    Do any of you people who say its not big deal for this poor Weimaraner to be left in a hot car own a dog? Do you have any idea what happens to a child or an animal that is left in a car to die? Their blood begins to boil...its not an easy death.

    Comparing a dog to a cow or pig and that we eat them...c'mon now. Do you eat dog? I don't think so...and hopefully the animals that we do eat are killed in a humane manner. I understand that doesn't always happen, but when they are found out, those people are also cited for inhumane treatment.

    My wish would be that all animals are treated humanely!!

    August 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. infavorofnaturalselection

    I think we should castrate the guy. Perhaps we can catch him before he procreates (although he probably already has six kids). With people as dumb as that, Dogs will be the smarter animal someday.

    August 5, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PArkamoon

    I live in Austin, and this entire city is SOO ANIMAL FRIENDLY, you can take your dog to restaurants with out door seating even. Not a very good representation of what its all about here.

    In reference to the heat – This summer has been a piece of cake!!! These last two weeks it has been in the 100's but I guess everyone forgot that only LAST SUMMER we had almost 70 consecutive days of 100 or higher degree weather. Now thats a heat spell!

    August 5, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Leon

    I am in Caborca, our heat index is usually around 140 degrees. So it beats everyone here complaining. Check it out anytime you want:

    And it's been raining the past couple of weeks, the 118 degree weather with high humidity. 😐

    Still with heat indexes around 140 degrees all the time except at night well, you should all be happy.

    August 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. donald hearn

    What's really funny, is the above post which says the guy that left his dog locked in the car, – "should be lined up and shot",... I'm not quite clear on how you line up one person,.........

    August 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. marianna68

    ALLOT of talk about the dog but what about the poor elderly woman? I have a dog and would never be foolish enough to take her out in this kind of heat. But let's take a look at our senior citizens, some who struggle just to buy their meds...some cannot even afford a/c and trust me a fan doesn't work that well in heat like this...I know I went without a/c for almost 2 weeks earlier this summer prior to this heat wave and it sucked.....if anyone wants to give to a charity let's think about our seniors.

    August 5, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tina

    After reading sooo many idiotic comments, I can now understand how Obama got elected....

    August 5, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
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