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US sizzles as weekend heat wave tightens grip

The United States sweltered in dangerously hot weather on Sunday, with major cities including New York, Philadelphia and Washington broiling in temperatures rising into triple digits.
An oppressive heat wave stretching from the Midwestern plains to the Atlantic coast had nearly 150 million people struggling to stay cool in the stifling heat.
“We’re almost near the end of the heat emergency. Temperatures will start to go back down tonight. But today’s heat index could still be as high as 110 degrees (43 degrees Celsius),” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.
“Please continue to take precautions. Keep hydrated and keep cool.” The heat was expected to continue through late Sunday however, as a high-pressure system off the Atlantic coast ushered in steamy, subtropical air.
Around 95 million people were under a heat warning or advisory for Sunday, down from Saturday’s 157 million.
The National Weather Service predicted “more very hot and humid conditions” for the area from Washington to Baltimore, with highs “close to 100 degrees.”
A cold front stretching between the Central Plains and the Great Lakes region could bring cooler weather and thunderstorms by the beginning of the week, the NWS added, bringing a risk of flash floods to some areas. But for Sunday, people were urged to stay hydrated, watch out for the sick and elderly, stay inside as much as possible and not leave children or animals in cars.
The heat wave has already been blamed for at least six deaths, including two earlier in the week in the eastern state of Maryland.