Deadly heat in New York and other Eastern US states; six die

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 20:00

Six heat-related deaths have been reported as dangerously high temperatures continue to scorch portions of the Eastern U.S. -- where heat advisories remain in effect into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

    Heat indexes well over 100 degrees are expected across dozens of states in the nation's central and eastern portions, the National Weather Service forecasts. A heat index, or the "feels like" temperature, combines the effects of temperature and humidity on the human body.
    Temperatures also could reach the century mark Monday afternoon in New York, Philadelphia and Washington.
    The "heat dome," a high pressure system that causes hot air to stay trapped in the atmosphere, has nearly 114 million people are under excessive heat watches, warnings and advisories in effect across 27 states.
    The sweltering Midwest weather claimed the lives of a handful of people in the Detroit area over the course of three days, Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said.
    Five elderly residents who had underlying health issues died as a result of the sky-rocketing temperatures, Berlin said.
    Residents were encouraged to stay hydrated and find an air-conditioned place to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke.