The Boreal Summer Officially Began, But Millions Already Suffer From Extreme Heat In The US.

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(WABNEWS) – Although the boreal summer officially begins this Tuesday, millions of Americans have already endured temperatures above 37.7 degrees Celsius and dangerously intense heat, which is expected to continue to spread as a second heat wave heads towards the east and south of the country.

Last week, a huge heat dome in the eastern and midwestern US left record temperatures in several cities. This aggravated the situation of some communities that were already in trouble due to power outages caused by a series of severe storms.

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The eastern US, southwestern and California regions will see temperatures above 32 degrees Celsius this week.

Now, brutally hotter temperatures are anticipated in the Midwest and Southeast, as well as the Mid-Atlantic, this Tuesday and the rest of the week.

A summer with record temperatures

On Monday, some cities in the central United States recorded record temperatures, including several in Texas. Both Houston and Victoria, Texas, and St. Cloud, Missouri, surpassed their previous highs with figures of 38.3 degrees Celsius.

High temperatures between Tuesday and Saturday are expected to break records of more than 37.7 degrees Celsius, mainly in the east and south of the country. In addition, the night is not expected to offer much relief, as this week the minimum temperatures could exceed the maximum marks of 26 degrees Celsius.

This is the weather forecast for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the US, as a heat wave sweeps across the country. (Temperatures on the graph are in degrees Fahrenheit.)

As of Tuesday morning, more than 20 million people were under heat advisories, especially across large swaths of the central US and parts of California. In the coming days, the heat will increase to temperatures well above 90 degrees Fahrenheit in much of the East and Southwest, and parts of California.

About 70% of the US population will face temperatures above 32 degrees Celsius this week, while nearly 20% of people are expected to experience conditions above 37 degrees Celsius.

Extreme heat conditions can affect a person’s health, especially the elderly, children, and people with chronic illnesses or mental health issues.

The heat wave is the “Super Bowl” of energy use for electric companies

Earlier this year, the US energy regulator NERC warned that extreme temperatures and other environmental factors could cause power failure in vast areas of the country during this summer.

In advance, power companies across the Southeast have said they are bracing for the added stress they will face as throngs of people affected by extreme heat flock to air-conditioned indoor spaces for relief.

“This is our ‘Super Bowl’ that we prepare for all year,” Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) spokesman Scott Fiedler said in a statement to WABNEWS. “TVA is extremely well positioned to meet power demand during the hot weather this week. As you know, temperature and load go hand in hand. Therefore, we should see high loads the rest of this week,” he added. .

Power demand last week set a record for TVA, which used more than 31,000 megawatts on Thursday, just days after topping the 31,000-megawatt mark on June 13, Fiedler said.

Both Georgia Power and Duke Energy Carolinas, which serve the North Carolina and South Carolina markets, said they are prepared for the surge in demand that the scorching temperatures will cause.

Duke Energy Carolinas posted a summer electricity use record of 21,000 megawatt-hours on June 13, dwarfing the previous high mark that was set in July 2016, the company said in a statement. release.

Duke Energy Process, the company’s other utility in Carolina, did not break any records. But, the two companies combined had a peak usage mark of 34,079 megawatt hours, surpassing the old record set in July 2020, according to the release.

Entergy, which serves parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Orleans and Texas, said the company expects to see record levels of energy use this week.

“We have a detailed plan for times of extreme heat, which includes our power plants and transmission operators taking steps to maintain the balance between supply and demand on the grid and actions to reduce the risk that generation or transmission facilities disconnect,” Entergy reported in a release.

WABNEWS’s Jamiel Lynch, Tyler Mauldin and Jen Christensen contributed to this report.

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