The relief is expected to begin arriving Thursday in some regions of the
country as a cold front drops south from Canada. But it is not soon enough
for others. New York City, for instance, is bracing for another day of
temperatures in the high 90s.
Cooler temperatures are likely to sweep through the Midwest and into the
Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions by Saturday. They might be accompanied by
The largest heat wave of the summer has stagnated over large regions,
bringing sizzling temperatures and little hope of relief without rain, a
growing possibility for some hard-hit areas as the weekend approaches.
Most states in the U.S. had at least one region where the temperature hit 90
degrees Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, though the
worst heat was in the Midwest to Northeast. Humid air just made it all feel
worse, with heat indexes in some places over 100.
It was hot enough to buckle highway pavement in several states. Firefighters
in Indianapolis evacuated 300 people from a senior living community after a
power outage knocked out the air conditioning. The state of Illinois opened
cooling centers. The Environmental Protection Agency said the heat was
contributing to air pollution in New England.
Officials are blaming hot weather for at least one death. A 78-year-old
Alzheimer’s patient died of heat exhaustion after wandering away from his
northern Kentucky home Tuesday in temperatures that rose to 93 degrees.
In New York City, where it was 96 degrees, sidewalk food vendor Ahmad Qayumi
said that by 11 a.m., the cramped space inside his steel-walled cart got so
hot that he had to turn off his grill and coffee machine.
“It was just too hot. I couldn’t breathe,” he said, turning away a customer
who asked for a hamburger. “Just cold drinks,” he said.
Amid the heat, officials in Washington D.C.’s Maryland suburbs worked to
keep a failing water main from cutting off hundreds of thousands of people,
just when they needed it most. People in Prince George’s County were asked
not to run their faucets, water their lawns or flush toilets to keep the
water system from emptying during emergency repairs.