July Fourth Heat and Your Health

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The fireworks may not be all that we see in the sky this Fourth of July as much of the country deals with prolonged and excessive heat due to a “heat dome.” A sprawling and unusually intense area of high pressure, aka the “heat dome,” will promote sinking air and sunny, storm-free conditions for the areas it covers, according to Accuweather.

July is typically the hottest month of the year for the U.S. and this year it is going to start off scorching across the country as a dangerous heat wave stretches from Arizona to Maine. The heat and humidity will combine to create life-threatening conditions in many cities, particularly in the Midwest and Northeast, where heat advisories and excessive heat warnings are in effect. Up to 18 states have already issued heat advisories, according to the National Weather Service. Officials have warned that the hot and humid weather is expected to persist during and after the Fourth of July holiday on Wednesday.

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