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Severe Heat Warnings: US Could See Some Record-Breaking Temps

Severe Heat Warnings: US Could See Some Record-Breaking Temps
People enjoy an afternoon along the boardwalk at Coney Island on a hot day on June 14, 2018, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 18 June 2018 04:50 PM

The National Weather Service has posted severe heat warnings throughout much of the continental U.S., extending from the Plains and Midwest all the way to the East Coast.

The extremely high temperatures are expected to break records and may lead to other problems, including poor air quality.

Temperatures soared to 103 degrees at Chicago’s Midway Airport on Father’s Day, the highest for the Windy City since the 1990s, Business Insider reported.

That wave of sizzling temperatures has now hit the Northeast, from Washington, D.C. northward.

Before it’s over, temperatures in New York City could hit 95, equal to the Big Apple’s record high set in 1929.

"Heat of this magnitude is not uncommon for this part of the season, but intense June sunshine can make if feel worse than a similar hot and humid spell in August or September when the sun is weaker," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bob Larson said.

In response to rising temperatures in New York and the vicinity, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation published an air quality advisory to residents of the city, as well as Long Island and large portions of the Hudson River Valley region.

The advisory runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m Monday.

“People, especially young children, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work and those who have respiratory disease (such as asthma) should consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity when ozone levels are the highest (generally afternoon to early evening),” the advisory said. “When outdoor levels of ozone are elevated, going indoors will usually reduce your exposure. Individuals experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing should consider consulting their doctor.”

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