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July 2011 Heat Wave Victims
the victims of those who have suffered either from the heat itself or loss of family
or animals. A punishing heat-wave has settled over central and eastern parts of the US, pushing
temperatures as high as 37C (99F) and causing up to 22 deaths. The National Weather Service warned of "dangerous"
levels of heat and humidity creeping east, with no relief expected in eastern states until Sunday.
AS MUCH AS 50%
OF THE US POPULATION WAS UNDER A HEAT ADVISORY. Meteorologists have put the temperatures down to a "dome" of high
pressure in the atmosphere. On Thursday, many regions in the central US and parts of the eastern seaboard also saw
heat indexes - a combination of temperature and humidity - topping 43C. "This is AN EXCEPTIONALLY STRONG ridge of
high pressure that really has AN EXCEPTIONAL SCOPE AND DURATION. "The air is sinking, as it sinks it compresses and
gets warmer." It also dries out, so few clouds form to block the high early-summer sun. Meanwhile, asphalt and
concrete pavements and buildings in cities were "re-radiating" the heat. "There's no good place to be." Heat is the
number one weather-related killer in the US, according to the National Weather Service. In the town of Hutchinson
in Kansas three elderly people were found dead in separate homes on Wednesday, while the body of a woman in her 80s
was found in her bedroom in the nearby state of Missouri. In Minnesota - a northern state known for its frigid
winters - farm livestock have been DYING FROM HEAT STRESS AT A RATE NOT SEEN IN THREE DECADES. Turkeys were hit
especially hard. In South Dakota, as many as 1,500 head of cattle have died in the heat.
cuts were likely in New York in the next several days amid a surge in usage of air-conditioning units. Chicago was
experiencing unhealthy smog levels caused by the heat. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency asked the
city's residents to reduce polluting activities, such as mowing lawns and keeping the engines running on stationary
vehicles. Forecasters said the damage caused by the heat could be worse than that brought about by a heat-wave in
Chicago in 1995, when more than 700 people died over three days. The most severe heat-wave in modern North American
history took place during the Great Depression in 1936. The heat that summer was blamed for more than 5,000 deaths
in the US and Canada.