An urgent weather warning has been issued to 100 million Americans as life-threatening temperatures have hit the U.S..
Mercury levels are expected to rise to 113F, which is currently warmer than the Saharan desert.
Heat alerts are taking over more than 20 U.S. states on Tuesday and Wednesday, with temperatures expected to reach more than 100 degrees for 60 million people next week.
“The dangerous heat will affect much of the U.S. this week, and more than 100 million people are currently on alert for excessive warning or heat,” according to a note from the Weather Forecast Center.
Officials say the heat will largely affect the southern plains, the Mississippi Valley, the Central Plains and the Missouri Valley.
There has been a parallel heatwave in Europe this week, resulting in the closure of the Spanish railway, according to CNN.
The North-Central US, on the other hand, will experience a cold front as a result of a large area of low pressure.
The Weather Forecast Center says this will cause showers and thunderstorms in the upper Midwest and across the Great Lakes.
The National Weather Service has warned of an increased risk of fire due to dry and windy conditions in southeastern Wyoming and western Nebraska.
“Strong winds and low humidity would contribute to the rapid spread of fires,” the report said.
Weather officials have warned that there will be “monsoon moisture” in areas close to the southwest, the Great Basin and the Rocky Mountains.
This could lead to localized flooding, with experts warning southwestern citizens to be vigilant this week.
The National Weather story warned on Monday of the dangers that intense heat poses to those affected.
“Heat is often the leading cause of weather-related deaths each year,” he said.
“Heat waves can cover a large area, exposing many people to a dangerous combination of heat and humidity.”
The Climate Forecast Center has warned that the temperature is likely to last for the next week.
Urgent warning for 100 million Americans in life-threatening heat and warmer temperatures than in the Sahara desert
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