A wave of freshness began to blow in the center of the United States but the Atlantic coast was on heat alert Sunday on the last day of an episode of extreme heat accused of causing at least six deaths.
Meteorological services expect the thermometer to still show up to 38 degrees in several major cities on the east coast, including New York and Washington, with temperatures that are felt to be much higher due to humidity.
According to several media, at least six deaths were attributed to the heat, including three at the end of the week when the temperatures were not yet at their maximum.
A former NFL American football player, Mitch Petrus, died in Arkansas on Thursday while he was working outside the family store, according to the Pulaski County Medical Examiner.
According to the CBS channel, four people died in Maryland alone and one in Arizona.
In this context, the authorities renewed their warnings, urging the population to hydrate, pay attention to the elderly and children, and avoid outdoor activities.
Nearly 100 million people, against 150 Saturday, remained concerned Sunday by these alerts.
In New York, the city has opened 500 centers for residents to cool off. A triathlon, involving approximately 4,000 athletes, a festival in Central Park and horse racing at the Saratoga Racecourse were canceled.
After protests by activists, the prison authorities also made sure to pay particular attention to the plight of the detainees at Rikers Island Prison, where most of the cells are not equipped with air conditioning.
Elsewhere, air conditioning was running high, putting pressure on the power grid, so a short cut was recorded in Long Island on Saturday afternoon.
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In Washington, where the temperatures felt should approach the 43 degrees Sunday, the mayor has also activated an emergency plan, which provides for a late opening of municipal pools and parks with fountains, where residents have been hurrying for several days.
Humorously, police in Braintree, Mass., Called on Facebook to “postpone any criminal activity to Monday” because of the heat.
In Philadelphia, where residents of a retirement home were evacuated on Saturday, the local media also joked, suggesting that locals could go cool in Miami or Phoenix, two cities usually much hotter.
“The end of this sweltering heat wave will happen gradually in the center of the United States, then in the North-East at the beginning of the week but will be accompanied by violent storms and torrential rain,” warned Kristina Pydynowski. , meteorologist of the AccuWeather site.
When temperatures drop in the United States, they will rise on the other side of the Atlantic, with a new epic event expected Tuesday on a large part of the European continent.
The French meteorological services have forecast temperatures approaching 40 degrees in the south-west of the country, already hit by drought.
Last month was the hottest June ever recorded in the world, due in part to an exceptional first heat wave in Europe, according to data from the European Copernicus Climate Change Service.
Temperatures even soared earlier this month into the state of Alaska, straddling the Arctic Circle, with an all-time record of 32 ° C recorded at Anchorage.