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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Heat wave cooks the central and eastern US on Labor Day

A wave of extreme heat is blistering throughout the eastern and central parts of the U.S. on Labor Day. 

The Washington Post reported on Monday that locations in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin have set temperature records over the holiday weekend, with several cities recording temperatures over 100 degrees. 

The city of Duluth, Minn. reached a record temperature of 97 degrees on Sunday, beating out the previous daily record high (89 degrees) by eight degrees, also setting a new monthly high as well. 

The eastern part of the country also experienced high temperatures, as Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) set temperature records on Sunday. 

Dulles, which reached 99 degrees on Sunday, also tied a monthly record of maximum temperature. 

The National Weather Service’s Baltimore-Washington account on X, a social media platform formerly known as Twitter, also posted an advisory that recommended residents who may be vulnerable during the string of high temperatures to take extra precaution. 

“If you are spending time outdoors this Labor Day, remember to practice heat safety as the heat index nears/exceeds 100 in some areas this afternoon,” NWS’ Washington Service wrote in an X post. “Vulnerable populations are recommended to take extra precaution today.”

This comes as the the wave is expected to spread across from the East Coast to the Southern Plains and the southern region of the country throughout the week. 

Cities such as Philadelphia, New York City and Chicago are expected to see temperatures between the lower and high 90s on Tuesday.

About 38 million residents are expected to see temperatures slated either at or above 100 degrees throughout the week, the Post reported.

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