US enduring extreme heat as weekend temperatures soar Jul 21, 2019 0 697 12345 AFPWashingtonThe United States is sweating through a weekend of extremely hot weather, with major cities including New York and Washington bracing for temperatures close to or exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).Nearly 150 million people across the country are facing hazardous temperatures in a heatwave stretching from the Midwestern plains to the Atlantic coast, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.Heat index values could reach 110 to 115 degrees, particularly in the east, the weather service said Saturday.It warned that “dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke if precautions are not taken.” People were urged to stay hydrated, watch out for the sick and the elderly, stay inside as much as possible and not leave children or animals in cars.The heatwave has already claimed six lives, including four in the eastern state of Maryland, CBS affiliate WJZ said.Heat warnings have also been issued for parts of eastern Canada. New York City has opened 500 cooling centres for residents to escape the extreme weather.“Saturday is going to be really, really bad, on through Sunday,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a warning to the city.“Don’t go out in the heat if you don’t need to,” he said. “This is serious, serious stuff.” Organisers cancelled the New York City Triathlon for the first time since the event’s founding in 2001, citing “severe heat warnings., continued heavy rainfall and thunderstorm watches.” In Washington, the morning low of 81 degrees was just one degree below the record set in 2015, with “a good chance to hit 100 today for the first time since 2016,” The Washington Post reported.Temperatures soared earlier this month in the northwestern state of Alaska, which straddles the Arctic Circle, with largest city Anchorage hitting an all-time high of 90 degrees.Alaska is warming at twice the rate of the global average, scientists say.Climate data showed June was the hottest month on record worldwide, with a heatwave across Europe smashing national records.gle/amu/bbk/dw POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Trump hits out at May, praises incoming British PM Johnson Jul 21, 2019 0 208 Thousands gather in German city to protest far-right rally Jul 21, 2019 0 177 Kosovo’s PM resigns after being called to Hague war crimes court Jul 21, 2019 0 160 US, Italian, Russian astronauts blast off for ISS AFP Baikonur, Kazakhstan US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space on Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. .. Three dead as small plane crashes into building in Germany Stuttgart: Three people were killed on Saturday when a small plane crashed into a building in south-western Germany, police said. The plane went down in the town of Bruchsal, about 70 kilometres north-west of the city of .. Flights grounded as Mount Etna erupts on Italian island of Sicily Rome: Flights were temporarily grounded overnight to Saturday on the Italian island of Sicily after a volcanic eruption at Mount Etna. The volcano began erupting late Friday evening, the Italian Institute for .. US puts Venezuelan intel officials on sanctions blacklist Washington: The US Treasury placed four senior Venezuelan military intelligence officials on its sanctions blacklist on Friday, tying them to the death in custody of a navy captain who was allegedly tortured. Division .. US offers $7 mn to find Hezbollah agent wanted for Argentina deadly attack AFP Buenos Aires The United States on Friday offered a $7 million reward to find a Hezbollah operative accused of masterminding a deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ..