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Soaring Temps Can Pose Serious Health Risks
Date:7/12/2011

Tuesday, with excessive heat warnings and heat advisories in place from parts of Texas and Oklahoma, eastward across the Plains states and Mississippi Valley, into the Gulf Coast states, southeastern United States, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Air quality alerts are in effect across the eastern United States, including parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia.

The cause of the heat wave is a high-pressure system that has remained stuck over much of the middle of the country, blocking the arrival of cooler air from Canada. In Wichita, the temperature has hit at least 100 degrees for 20 straight days.

If you're looking for some (very) long-range relief from the heat, don't count on it. A recent study from Stanford University predicts that scorching temperatures would become the new norm, with unusually hot summers by the middle of the century. The culprit cited by the researchers: global warming.

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For more on protecting yourself from the heat, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCES: U.S. National Weather Service; Maimonides Medical Center, New York City, news release, July 11, 2011; University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, news release, July 12, 2011


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