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Extreme temperatures are expected to bake much of the United States this week as potential record high temperatures are expected to persist through next weekend.
More than 85 million Americans, from the Pacific Northwest to the southern Great Plains to the heavily populated East Coast Interstate 95 corridor, were subject to excessive heat warnings or heat advisories issued by the National Weather Service.
The agency warned of “extremely oppressive” conditions from Washington to Boston, with many records set to be tied or broken in the northeast.
Philadelphia, where city officials have opened cooling centers, hit 99 degrees on Sunday without accounting for humidity. Newark, New Jersey, had its fifth straight day of 100 degrees or higher, the longest such streak since records began in 1931. Boston also hit 100 degrees, surpassing the previous daily record of 98 degrees set in 1933 .
HEAT WAVE RESPONSIBLE FOR SEVERAL DEATHS ACROSS US
On the West Coast, temperatures could break daily records in Seattle, Portland and northern California by Tuesday and soar to the highest level since a heat wave last year that killed hundreds in the Pacific Northwest.
Peaks ranging from 95 degrees to 110 degrees were planned for the interior regions. An Excessive Heat Watch has been issued for Central and Eastern Washington State and the Central Idaho Panhandle from Tuesday morning through Friday evening.
Sweltering temperatures and low humidity in California resulted in difficult conditions for some 2,000 firefighters battling the Oak Fire near Yosemite National Park. The destructive and out of control wildfire has forced thousands of residents to flee isolated mountain communities.
Extreme heat and rising fuel costs have left more than half of the United States at risk of large-scale, recurring power outages during the summer months, according to North America’s 2022 Summer Reliability Assessment. American Energy Reliability Corporation (NERC) published in May.
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The report highlights that much of the western half of the country is prone to widespread outages and capacity shortages during peak hours.
The report cites a myriad of issues contributing to the risk, including a decline in hydropower generation due to widespread drought conditions, damaged transmission lines due to extreme weather events, premature shutdown of coal-fired power plants and others. fossil fuel power plants and supply chain issues that continue to plague major US industries.
Fox News’ Andrew Keiper and The Associated Press contributed to this report.