It gets hot in the summer – that’s not news. On average, the hottest week of the year often arrives in mid-July, and 2016 is no exception, with a heat wave expected to blast through the Plains and Midwest next week.
“By Wednesday and Thursday (July 20-21), we’re going to be looking at a monster high-pressure system right across Kansas and Oklahoma,” says Accuweather meteorologist Bernie Rayno. “I think there’s a real possibility – especially Thursday and Friday – that a large area will get close to or hit the 100 degree mark.”
The area Rayno refers to covers the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and the western half of Tennessee and Mississippi.
According to Ari Sarsalari, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, the U.S. is already on track for a hotter-than-average summer.
“But it’s only going to get hotter,” he says. “This is the type of weather that you don’t really mess around with. Temperatures are very likely to be well above average.”
Forecasters also used words like “extreme” and “dangerous” to describe just how hot it’s going to be. OSHA reminds employers during these periods to know the signs of heat exhaustion and encourages outdoor workers to take frequent water and shade breaks.
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