How hot is a heat wave you ask? If you live in Texas, the Midwest, or the Northeast you already know. With more than 100 local heat records expected to be broken by Saturday we are in the middle of 2019’s harsh heat wave.
According to Accuweather the temperatures above are producing a RealFeel heat of well over 100 degrees in some areas. In fact Washington D.C. is expected to reach a RealFeel of 110F on Saturday, just 2 degrees shy of Death Valley, CA that same day.
What makes this week’s scenario particularly dangerous is the nighttime lows. The eastern lows at night are expected to be in the upper 70’s or even 80 degrees. Meteorologists say that the lack of cooling could be dangerous for residents of the affected areas. Many communities are preparing to offer buildings as cooling centers for those exposed to the outdoor conditions for prolonged amounts of time.
In the oil industry, the warmer-than-average temperatures can cause the electricity grid to call on more power plants that use diesel fuel in order to satisfy the cooling demand. We have already seen an uptick in that diesel demand in the Mid-Atlantic. Depending on the electricity grid’s needs this weekend, we could see transport truck capacity tighten to handle this incremental demand.
The NorthEast and other areas that have experienced heavy rainfall of recent bring a whole lot of humidity to this week’s heat wave which does not help the scenario.
With everything said this week is a good week to look out for others. If you have elderly relatives or friends/family that live alone we might find it a kind gesture to check in on each other in hopes to avoid any tragedies. A sobering reminder would be the three days in July 1995 where more than 700 people died from a heat wave in Chicago.