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Kayakers paddle in a canal leading to the Detroit River in Detroit, Mich. Temperatures are soaring across much of the U.S. this week. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption
Kayakers paddle in a canal leading to the Detroit River in Detroit, Mich. Temperatures are soaring across much of the U.S. this week.
Dangerously hot weather is hitting most of the U.S. this week, the National Weather Service says. Temperatures are expected to soar across the Central and Eastern United States. The heat wave is covering the Central Plains from Eastern Colorado into Kansas, and extending up to the Great Lakes. By Saturday it will blanket much of the East Coast from Virginia up through New York City, where temperatures are expected to reach or be close to 100 degrees.
Gentry Trotter is a founder of Cool Down St. Louis, a nonprofit group in St. Louis, Mo., which helps low-income families with their utility bills and donates air conditioners to people who are elderly or have physical disabilities.
Trotter tells NPR, "It's been very hectic. It has been blazing hot. What we're worried about now is making sure that people, especially seniors and the physically disabled, stay hydrated. That they have a place to be cool at."
Look at the impressive and widespread coverage of #heat related warnings and advisories across the Eastern two-thirds of the country. The hazy, hot and humid conditions will persist through the weekend. Be smart and stay cool! #HeatSafety pic.twitter.com/hemIJ79rOr— National Weather Service (@NWS) July 18, 2019
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