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Hot weather sweeps across eastern US

07-07-2010 14:39 BJT

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A scorching heat wave is sweeping across the eastern United States. In Washington, Philadelphia and New York City, temperatures just keep on rising. CCTV News US correspondent Jeff Napshin reports on what's being done to help residents survive the heat.

It's the kind of day where you dread to go outside. But millions of people all over the east coast did--and they suffered in sweat.

"How hot is it today It's hell hot yes."

"Smokin’ hot -- clench your eyes hot!"

"Hot enough to fry an egg and maybe some toast."

Some folks toted umbrellas on a cloudless day--while others carried a cold drink.

"I carry my water with me cause I take the subway."

The sizzling hot weather forced many folks indoors. And for those willing to brave the heat--some ended up in the hospital.

Dr. Lyle Campbell, Howard University Hospital, said, "We're seeing the whole gamit from dehydration, to lack of fluids, to people who passed out."

E-R doctor Lyle Campbell says some patients are even suffering from heat stroke--which can be fatal.

Dr. Lyle Campbell, Howard University Hospital, said, "Body temps can range to 106, you get dizzy and vomit you stop sweating and are dry."

This is the biggest heat wave to hit the east coast since 2002 and meteorologists were on high alert.

Bob Oravec, Meteorologist, US National Weather Service, said, "We have an area of high pressure that is centered on the Eastern US and you can see the circulation around that high pressure."

National Weather Service forecaster Bob Oravec says atmospheric conditions were just right to send temperatures soaring to record territory.

Bob Oravec, Meteorologist, US National Weather Service, said, "The center of this is across parts of the Mid-Atlantic from Virginia to NYC and Boston where temps are all over 100 degrees."

"Here in Washington they take this very seriously. Cooling centers have been opened and the pools are open an extra 3 hours to help folks beat the heat."

While these kids spent the day soaking in the pool-other folks weren't so lucky. Doctors say you have to take extra precautions when temperatures are this high.

Dr. Lyle Campbell, Howard University Hospital, said, "If you can get in the shade do it, keep your fluids up, the young and old and people who are sick are most at risk."

Fortunately, meteorologists believe the heat wave will peak Wednesday--and then temperatures should return closer to normal by the end of the week.

 


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