The US National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a warming warning to more than 100 million people, amid rising temperatures affecting the southern and central states of the country and beginning to hit the northeast.
Triple-digit temperatures (Fahrenheit) are expected in the lower Mississippi Valley, Ohio and parts of Tennessee in the coming days, the agency wrote on Twitter. This Wednesday, temperatures are expected to set records in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
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Temperatures are also expected to rise in south-central California.
According to CBS, which cites the National Interagency Center on Firefighting, firefighters are battling a total of 85 fires in 13 states in the country. Even the Hoover Dam, on the Arizona-Nevada border, was hit by fire after a transformer exploded. The temperature in the region was 42 degrees Celsius.
President Joe Biden is expected to announce measures to combat climate change today, without going so far as to declare a national emergency, activists and some lawmakers claim.