Searing heat scorches US from Chicago to East Coast

WASHINGTON: Extreme heat and high humidity smothered the central and northeastern United States on Tuesday (Jun 18), with temperature records expected to melt away in the coming days, authorities warned, as wildfires sizzled in the west.

“A heat wave will settle and persist across the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and the Northeast through the next few days,” the National Weather Service said, explaining that the early arrival of summer heat wave made it more dangerous.

Forecasters predicted that the mercury could hit about 38 Celsius in parts of New England by Thursday.

“Widespread, numerous record-tying/breaking high temperatures are possible,” it said, adding that the heat would not decrease significantly overnight and warning that those without air conditioning could suffer in particular.

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