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100 million in U.S. under heat-related warnings

Above-normal temperature reaching into the triple digits are expected over the next several days across the country.

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On this Wednesday, the National Weather Service has issued heat warnings or advisories for more than one hundred million people across the United States. This occurs as an extreme heat wave travels from the south-central states to the northeastern United States.

Throughout the southern Plains, the lower Mississippi Valley, the lower Ohio Valley, and parts of the Tennessee Valley, the NWS predicts above-normal temperatures reaching into the triple digits over the next several days.

On Wednesday, states like Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas can expect record-breaking high temperatures. Heat indices are expected to reach the low 100s across the northeast due to the combination of high temperatures and high humidity.

The NWS predicts warmer-than-average temperatures in the valleys of south-central California and the rest of the western United States. Later this week, the area may be hit by even higher temperatures.

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According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are currently about 85 wildfires burning in 13 different states across the country. Part of the Hoover Dam caught fire after a transformer exploded in 109 degree heat on the border between Arizona and Nevada.

The NWS warns those under heat-related warnings to know the signs of heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke, as the body’s ability to cool itself is challenged in extremely hot and humid weather.

An 11-month-old baby died after being “left in a parked vehicle for an extended period of time” in hot weather, according to the official report into the case. Ten child deaths from heat stroke while riding in cars have been reported this year, according to the National Safety Council.

Texas’s emergency management service agency is distributing free air conditioners to those most at risk in an effort to prevent heat-related illnesses.

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Winnie Francis, 86, told CBS News congressional correspondent Kris Van Cleave, “It makes a big difference, yep.”

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