• Fri. Dec 8th, 2023

Heatwaves, poor air quality, severe storms: Coast-to-coast US experiences severe weather

Heatwaves, poor air quality, severe storms: Coast-to-coast US experiences severe weather

Deadly weather conditions affect millions of Americans from coast to coast.

Extreme heat, poor air quality and severe storms bringing threats of flash flooding will affect areas across the country on Sunday.

More than 80 million Americans are currently on heat alert in 14 states from Washington to Florida.

Forecasts show temperatures at Furnace Creek in California’s Death Valley will reach 130 degrees for the first time since 2021. The temperature on Saturday was 126 degrees.

Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, as well as Tampa, Fort Myers, and Key West, Florida, on the other side of the country had the hottest first two weeks of July.

In the Northeast, more than 56 million people are under a flood watch, with heavy rain Sunday morning causing flooding in parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

El Paso, Texas, saw 30 consecutive 100-degree days, breaking the previous record. The forecast calls for temperatures in the triple digits for at least the next week.

Elsewhere in the country, daily record-high temperatures are expected to be broken in at least 38 cities from Oregon to Florida, including cities such as Palm Springs, Fresno and Sacramento, California; Arizona cities from Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; El Paso, Houston, Austin, and Corpus Christi, Texas; and Salt Lake City.

On Saturday, Phoenix broke its daily record when it reached 118 degrees, making it the 16th consecutive day with temperatures above 110 degrees.

The South is still feeling the heat, with heat indices on the Gulf Coast forecast to exceed 110 degrees in the coming week. Miami has been upgraded to an extreme heat warning through Monday as the heat index is expected to reach 112 degrees.

Smoke over the upper Midwest over the past two days is set to drift eastward as 900 wildfires continue to burn across much of British Columbia and Canada. More than half of Canada’s wildfires are described as “out of control.”

Forecasts show smoke reaching Cleveland and eastern Kentucky by 6 p.m. ET.

As of 7 a.m. ET Monday, smoke will be heavy from Montana to Nebraska, while an easterly plume of heavy smoke stretches east-west from New York to the Smoky Mountains and Asheville, North Carolina.

Smoke is expected to become very heavy in parts of New York and Pennsylvania by Monday afternoon. Now, New York City will remain under mild conditions until Monday.

Areas from Montana to Chicago woke up to poor air quality and hazy skies Sunday morning, with Chicago among the worst air quality cities in the world this morning, according to IQAir.

The rains are a continuation of the floods that hit the area on Saturday. More than 3 inches of rain fell on Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, causing flash flooding and killing at least three people.

The ground in much of the Northeast is already saturated from more than a week of rain, increasing the risk of flooding. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Forecast Center has issued a moderate risk advisory for heavy rain from Maine to Delaware, including major cities such as New York City and Philadelphia.

A tornado watch has been issued for 14 million people in the Northeast until 3 p.m. Floods and severe thunderstorms have already been reported in these areas.

The strongest and most powerful storms will move through the Northeast Sunday morning and afternoon. The storm is expected to calm down by the evening, except for some lingering activity from New York to Vermont, forecasts show.

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