Heat WaveJune 29th, 2012 at 11:47 am by Amelia Segal under 4 Warn Weather
With a huge portion of the country experiencing major heat our weather intern Brittanny takes a closer look;
“A major heat wave will continue to impact the central US all the way to the Eastern Seaboard through next week. Many heat alerts have been issued from the National Weather Service including excessive heat warnings for Northeastern Kansas, Northwestern Missouri, Southern Illinois, Southeastern Missouri, Western Kentucky, and Central North Carolina. The heat wave will spread east throughout the weekend. Cities such as Pittsburgh, PA can expect a high temperature of 95 today, and Cincinnati OH will see a high temperature of 102 degrees.
So far, 1,011 records have been broken according to the Associated Press. Firefighters battling forest fires in the Rockies will see temperatures above 100 degrees in Denver today. As the heat wave continues to move slightly towards the east, the national weather service says that the ridge shows no sign of breaking down significantly next week, and most of the country can still expect excessive heat.
The Colorado forest fire is only 5% contained. More than 30,000 people have evacuated the area. Colorado Springs will continue to have scorching temperatures, but areas in the hills will be slightly cooler. Red flag warnings have been dropped due to light winds coming from the northwest. But with humidity being low and having thunderstorms in the forecast people need to take caution to the threat of lightning-induced fires.”