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article imageFifteen U.S. states affected by heat wave

By Hector Garingalao     Jul 11, 2011 in Environment
Fifteen states in the Midwest, the Southeast and the Plains are under serious heat advisories because of a heat wave that is building up. Temperatures are expected to reach dangerous levels of over 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
An excessive heat warning in Kansas City and St. Louis in Missouri, Tulsa in Oklahoma, Memphis in Tennessee and Evansville in Indiana are areas that will have a heat index to reach between 110 to 115 degrees this week, Newsmax reported.
According to CNN News Reports, one death incident had already been reported. Fifty-one-year-old Mitsunari Uechi of Granite City, Illinois was found unresponsive in his mobile home on Sunday. Inside his home was described by the police as ‘extremely hot’. Also, his air-conditioning was not working. Uechi's body temperature was 104 degrees when he was brought to the Gateway Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Coroner Stephen Nonn said that Uechi had chronic medical problems that made him at high-risk for heat-related stress and illnesses.
Excessive heat is very dangerous to human health, CNN also reported. One can develop heat disorder when the body heats rapidly to cool itself safely. The same can occur when a person loses too much fluid or salt because of excessive sweating or dehydration. Common signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, pale and clammy skin, weak pulse, fainting and vomiting.
Protection from heat disorders is attainable by reducing unnecessary physical exertion during the hottest part of the day, wearing lightweight clothing and drinking plenty of water and juices. Also, abstaining from caffeinated and alcoholic drinks aids from dehydration. As well as eating meat and other proteins to a minimum helps lessen body heat, avoiding an increase in metabolic heat production.
Right now, high-pressure over the Plains is keeping a stable weather pattern, allowing heat to build up and thunderstorms suppressed, CNN reported. However, some relief is expected by middle of the week as the high-pressure weakens and shifts slightly southeast, allowing thunderstorms to develop in the center of the Plains.
The 15 affected states under heat advisories and warnings are Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.
The heat advisories will remain in effect, at least, until Tuesday.
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