A heatwave will affect millions of Americans this weekend, with record temperatures expected in the central and northeastern United States, and a major wildfire raging in California.
The National Weather Service announced that a “severe heatwave” will continue across the central United States and spread into the northeastern United States this weekend, with record temperatures expected throughout the region Saturday and Sunday.
“A heatwave will trigger extreme weather across the northern Midwest on Saturday with a high risk of damaging winds, hail and some tornadoes,” she added.
Extreme heat, indicating the threat of global warming, was especially felt in Washington, DC, where temperatures could reach 37 to 38 degrees Celsius.
That, and temperatures can reach 43 degrees in parts of Utah (west), Arizona (south), and the northeast, according to meteorology.
In Boston, where Mayor Michelle Wu has declared a “heat emergency” and called for cooling centers and pools to open for longer periods, temperatures could reach 37 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
Rising temperatures threaten to ignite forest fires.
The American West has experienced exceptional wildfires in recent years, with a marked increase in the length of the fire season.
This year, heat waves hit several regions of the world, such as Western Europe in July or India in March and April, and scientists say their increase is clear evidence of climate change.