More heat to sizzle central United States
Baltimore residents play in a fountain on Friday.
July 25th, 2011
08:46 AM ET

More heat to sizzle central United States

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, 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.

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  1. travis

    Just like all hypocrites that seem to always post, I will make a blanket statement for all. If it is so hot why don’t you all just move to a different part of the country that is not so hot and humid? I grew up in MN (now live in CO) and have dealt with all from -30 degree temps to highs in the 100's. Deal with it, its where you choose to live and only your choice. If you want cool, move to the mountains or the northern part of the country, but don’t complain when it comes to cold winters....or seasonal flooding (I also lived in Fargo for 5 years). There is no perfect place to live in this country, unless you move every 3 months, its just the way it is. At some point in the year, the weather will not be what you would like or prefer. San Diego might have the most consistent weather and is pretty nice, but then you get to deal with high prices compared to the rest of the country and oh yeah hope your house doesn’t burn down due to all the fires.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carawaigh

      Idiot, this heat wave is affecting 14 states, all of them very strongly agricultural. Where do you propose they move to, and who will be growing your food when they're gone?

      July 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      travis – you are an idiot of degree one. Where will you move 10 years from now when the entire globe is HOT.

      btw – if YOU will pay for the move – ill gladly go to canada!

      July 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • MeltingWitch

      Just exactly how is it hypocritical to complain about the weather Travis? I have lived where I am all my life, is every summer full of weeks on end of over 100 dg temps, no. I am not going to uproot my family and leave my extended family and friends just because of one rough summer. When you go to the grocery store and complain that food prices are higher because so many crops have been burned up in the heat and drought we will all have permission to call you a hypocrite then right?

      July 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Central dweller

      Travis, obviously you suffer from crani-anus. Why don't you pull your head out and take a look at the real world.

      July 25, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      Oh, really? And you would be delighted if we all did exactly as you suggested, i.e., move to CO, WY, MN, etc.? You betcha - then you would be whining about how over-crowded your little piece of Paradise is!

      July 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • travis knownothing many people do you think can afford to pack up and move to a different state? They might WANT to leave, but it just ain't that easy pal. Your comments are nothing but disingenuous and moronic.

      July 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big D

    Not sure how this went from a discussion about the intense heat to a with hunt ? (guess it always does)
    Bob can you add something constructive?

    July 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Suck a$$ ..

      July 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big D

      I see that 9 years of public education is paying dividends.

      July 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dvin

    I don't know what's crazier: the warm weather or the people who actually believe in "rapture" hahahahaha. Bunch of crazy cuckoo birds.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rony

    It's 75 here in ny, it's raining. Please stay like this forever. Such great day everybody

    July 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. matt

    Hahaha! This is why those in the know live in San Diego! We never get bad weather more than once a year! Y'all need to come on down!

    July 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |

    This is what we get for invading the middle east. We became them!

    July 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Yooohooo

    This is what we get for invading the middle east. Allah (Al Gore) is going to punish us

    July 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rose

    I live in north Texas and it was like 108 today, I'm not complaining just saying it's hotter than hell!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. homeskillet

    Mid 80's and 15% humidity here in Idaho while all you suckers in the mid south are roastin! Most people don't even have central AC in their homes here, even the new homes that are built as it never gets hot enough to run them. haha! I've lived in the south for a few years and said no, no no! (plus the people are much nicer here, just sayin)

    July 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tony

    Hey Travis, what, are you some sort of millionaire and single? Unless you haven't noticed, most of the country can't afford to just pick up and move. There's the trick of trying to sell your house without being upside down, then the trick of getting a loan for another house, the joy of trying to find a job when unemployment is at an all time high. But hey, we will just uproot our families and take the huge risk of maybe being able to support them. Or would you rather we go on welfare when we can't find a job? I'm sure with you being so rich you wouldn't mind paying for us to do that. I would love to move to Seattle, but unfortunately my phone call from Bill Gates telling me I'm Microsoft's new CEO hasn't come yet.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Declan

    Um, I live in Canada. We had humidexes of over 120 Fahrenheit last week. Moving here won't cool anyone off.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. s kel

    hell came to tn united states in november of 2010 when some folks foolish americans voted in tea party members to congress.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Central dweller

      Um, right, because that's when the recession started.....duhhhhhhh.

      July 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • humble horrace

      s kel. Just another dumb darkie.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. ajd041

    @Travis ur an idiot its just as hot in montana and idaho as it is in texas and people don't have the money to just abandon everything and move to alaska where they had 80 degree temps last week (in fairbanks at least)

    July 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tiffany Thrasher

    Umm. I have to admit it is pretty hot here in Arizona, but it's also dry heat. People in the East have every right to complain because they have high temps along with humidity.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 34DD

    Why must people be rotten to other nations!

    July 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
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