While temperatures on the East Coast and Midwest may sink down to the 70s on Monday, Sunday was still hot. Today, the heat index in Wyandotte County could reach 109, while on Saturday, the heat index in Wyandotte County may reach 107, according to the forecast.
Many in areas facing excessive heat have no air conditioning and cities have opened cooling shelters.
As the climate warms due to human activities, numerous studies show that heat waves such as this one are becoming more common and intense, as well as longer-lasting.
Heat warnings have also been issued for parts of eastern Canada.
Con Edison put 4,000 of its 14,000 utility workers on extra shifts in the wake of last week's power outage that crippled New York City, blamed on a faulty piece of equipment.
"The risky heat wave which enveloped much of the Midwest to the East Coast this weekend should finally break by Monday as a cold front drops southward", the agency said. If someone is someone is suffering from muscle cramps and nausea, they may be suffering from heat exhaustion and could be well on their way to heat stroke. The Strinestown Fire Company said all of the firefighters were released by the time Saturday's Conewago Township blaze was extinguished.
Various news outlets have reported heat-related deaths in the states of Maryland, Arizona and Arkansas.
Buchanan tells CNN his department responded to 64 heat-related calls since the heat wave began on Thursday.
A Canadian cold front brought thunderstorms Saturday evening that dropped temperatures across northern Vermont and upstate NY.
"Due to the extreme heat, we are asking anyone thinking of doing criminal activity to hold off until Monday", Braintree police wrote as the high temperatures set in on Friday. A cold front will drop into the central USA and portions of the Midwest late Saturday, which will bring cool air in the Midwest Sunday, CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera said.
Some states in the Midwest such as Iowa and IL have already seen this cold front and lower temperatures as a result of cooler, drier air that's come down from our neighbors to the north.
Utility companies DTE Energy and Consumers Energy said roughly 500,000 customers are still without power after thousands of power lines were downed in a storm that was worst to hit the region since 2017.
Experts have warned residents in affected areas to limit their time outdoors.
With much of the country suffering under a heat wave, we can't stress enough how risky it is to leave children or animals in a vehicle parked in the sun. This makes heat waves a more formidable threat to public health.