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Heatwave Currently Impacting 65 Million Throughout US Midwest And North-East 

Around 65 million people are under heat alerts in the north-eastern and midwest states in the US this Friday. This early season heatwave is impacting US residents all throughout the nation, according to reports from The Guardian.

Record breaking temperatures were set in some areas along north-eastern and midwest states this Friday, with heat indexes that combine temperature and humidity hitting 100 and 110 degrees fahrenheit. Calendar-day highs were broken across Maine, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, according to the Guardian. 

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The National Weather Service has put out a warning that people without reliable air conditioning will be the most impacted. 

“This rare and/or long-duration extreme heat with little to no overnight relief affects anyone without effective cooling and/or adequate hydration,” the agency said.

“It is likely to affect most health systems, heat-sensitive industries and infrastructure.”

The national forecaster advised people to “drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.”

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The intense heat is being attributed to the northern movement of a high-pressure heat dome that settled initially over Mexico and the US South-West back in March. The dome slowly traveled north and broke the temperature record as it moved. 

The climate group World Weather Attribution released a report on Thursday saying that “the southern heatwave in late May was 35 times more likely to have occurred because of climate change, and 2.5F hotter.”

A disaster declaration was made in 51 Texas counties from Governor Greg Abbott after Tropical Storm Alberto. New Mexico has requested federal assistance after wildfires forced a town to completely evacuate. 

Forecasters have luckily predicted that colder air carrying less humidity will move throughout the upper midwest and then the north-east this weekend.