Saturday, temperatures are mounted to a record 40.5 degrees Celsius in Washington, 41 degrees in St. Louis and 40 in Indianapolis.
At least 30 deaths were attributed to this wave of intense heat, including nine in Maryland and 10 in Chicago, mostly elderly. Three elderly people found dead in their homes in Ohio suffered from heart problems, but they have succumbed to high temperatures while their homes were without power due to recent cutbacks, officials said. The heat was also claimed for three deaths in Wisconsin, two in Tennessee and three in Pennsylvania.
Thousands of homes remained without power for over a week after violent summer storms that struck on June 29 several states in the eastern United States, including 120,000 in West Virginia and 8,000 in the suburbs of Baltimore and Washington.
In New York, some people oppressed by the heat took refuge in the cinema or on the subway. “Of course, we came to cool off,” explained John Villanova, a writer in a crossover film in Manhattan. He said he was previously remained in the subway for half an hour, taking a line in either direction, without purpose, just to enjoy the air conditioning.