Take the heat seriously. That’s what the National Weather Service is warning as a dangerous heat wave reaches its peak this weekend, with more than two-thirds of the US feeling temperatures push into the triple digits. So far, one death has been attributed to the high temperatures. Former NFL player Mitch Petrus, 32, fell ill while working outside Thursday during a heat advisory in Arkansas. He died of heat stroke, officials said. Cities in Virginia and North Carolina will see some of the hottest air of the season. New York, meanwhile, has opened almost 500 cooling centers. And officials in Massachusetts are urging residents to wear loose clothing and be alert for signs of a heat stroke.
About 157 million people are under heat warnings and heat advisories Saturday as daytime temperatures will climb into the mid to upper 90s — and feel like more than 100 degrees — from the Great Plains to the East Coast. Unfortunately, it won’t get any better at night. Overnight temperatures over the weekend will not drop below 80 degrees in many cities across the East Coast, the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said. Across the upper East Coast on Saturday, the weather service said, the most dangerous time will be mid-afternoon into early evening, when temperatures and humidity will peak. “Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside,” the service said. “When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning the late evening.”