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Heat Wave to Smother US With Muggy Dog Days of Summer

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By    |   Thursday, 21 Jul 2016 05:50 AM

A heat dome from high pressure will settle over the United States this week, meteorologists warned, causing temperatures to soar from the mid-90s to more than 100 degrees across the country.

The Weather Channel said the heat dome will become the dominate theme by Thursday.

In the Midwest, Chicago, St. Louis, and Des Moines, Iowa are predicted to see temperatures rise to near 100 degrees.

Dallas, Oklahoma City, Wichita and other cities in the Plains are expected to see temperatures rise to more than 110 degrees, noted TWC. Nashville, Raleigh, North Carolina and other cities in those areas are predicted to see heat climb to the mid-90s and close to 100 degrees.

CNN said a mixture of very high humidity with high temperatures from the summer heat, particularly in the Midwest, will help create the so-called "heat dome" over most of the country. The Pacific Northwest will be the only part of the country that will escape the weather pattern.

The Weather Channel said parts of the Northeast, especially New England, could be spared because the pattern may allow cold fronts back into that area.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Paul Head told PennLive.com that one of the characteristics of a heat dome, also called an anticyclonic storm, is a day in the 90s followed by a day of rain.

"The comfort level is going to be really, really poor," Head said. "The temperature, every other day or so, could be in the mid-90s."

Jason Samenow, the Washington Post's weather editor and the Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist, reported a week ago that temperatures could reach all-time highs in some areas.

"Record heat is certainly a possibility, although exactly how many records fall and where won't come into focus for several more days," Samenow wrote. "The worst of the heat wave may still be seven to nine days away. Forecasts this far into future carry with them substantial uncertainty, although confidence that a significant event is likely is boosted in this case due to forecast model agreement."

In such hot conditions, the National Weather Service offered several tips, including that outdoor workers should stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.

Other tips included checking on the elderly, sick, and those living without air conditioning, not leaving children and pets unattended in vehicles, and limiting strenuous outdoor activities.

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A heat dome from high pressure will settle over the United States this week, meteorologists warned, causing temperatures to soar from the mid-90s to more than 100 degrees across the country.
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