June 29th, 2012
01:10 AM ET

Blistering, potentially deadly heat forecast for much of U.S.

Much of the Central and Eastern United States will bake under intense heat Friday, prompting warnings about air quality and fears about the health of those unable to find refuge in cooler confines.

The blistering conditions won't be fleeting: High temperatures not only are expected to be around or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in locales from Topeka, Kansas, to Washington, DC, on Friday, but they're expected to stay at about that level in many places through next week if not longer.

"Heat-related illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke are a real threat, dehydration can occur quickly," the National Weather Service's bureau in Indianapolis, where highs should hit 101 on Friday, noted in issuing an excessive heat warning. "The extended period of heat also will cause drought conditions to worsen and raise the concern for wildfire development."

The thermostat in St. Louis, Missouri, is forecast to hit 108 degrees and remain above 100 through next Thursday, at least, according to the weather service.

That's prompted the city health department to remind residents to limit outdoor activities, not to leave children or pets in vehicles and to watch out for signs of heat exhaustion.


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  1. dazzle ©

    Then this explains why I am so cranky and wacky today. Can't wait to move out of here..

    June 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      East Coast is pretty wacky too, love.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    @banasy©, I know it is love but I absolutely have to be around water.

    June 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ dazzle ©

    As you can see we went whacky when we were talking about the way wonky weather. Oh no, I'm not going there again.
    So, have you succeed in getting all the moisture sucked out of you by that zero humidity 150 degree heat ?

    June 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @bobcat (in a hat)©, yes I have and the temp is still 110 degrees. I keep the skin cream companies in business with all of the stuff I put on my body.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dazzle ©

    Is this really you @bobcat(in a hat)©? You guys are making me laugh, first time today.

    June 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ dazzle ©

      Yes, it's really me. I'm so glad to see you here. It's been a while. Whoever our hijacker is, they've done a pretty good job of mimicing you. banasy had to straighten out on one the other day.
      As far as the craziness, I'm going to stand by my claim that it's due to the heat. I mean after all, when have you "ever" known me to be anything but level headed ?

      June 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ dazzle ©

    You can always move down this way. We have plenty of water. But of course you know you'll have to contend with the 100 degree temps plus 150 percent humidity.

    June 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    @bobcat (in a hat)©, Thanks for the offer but no way. I had my time living around the Gulf and I hated it.

    June 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Yeah, I guess it is kind of an acquired taste.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dazzle ©

    @bobcat (in a hat)©, I am so glad to see you and that it really is you. You are always level headed, don't sell yourself short on that.

    June 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ dazzle ©

    Oh, and before I forget how is Tori doing with her broadcating career ? When she goes national, are you free to say which news, ie ABC, NBC, CBS ? I'd like to check out her style. And please tell her I said hello and a big hug from Uncle Bobcat.

    June 29, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
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