US sizzles as weekend heat wave tightens grip Jul 22, 2019 0 362 12345 AFPWashingtonThe 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. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Thousand firefighters battle massive Portugal wildfires Jul 22, 2019 0 200 British FM to quit over no-deal Brexit if Johnson becomes PM Jul 22, 2019 0 171 Mueller report proves Trump committed crimes: House Judiciary chief Jul 22, 2019 0 942 Minority congresswomen should apologise to America: Trump AFP Washington US President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on Sunday on four Democratic congresswomen he launched xenophobic tweets against last week, demanding they apologise “for the horrible (hateful) things .. Pope sanctions ex-US bishop accused of sexual harassment Vatican City: Pope Francis has banned a former US bishop accused of sexual harassment and of financial mismanagement from performing the liturgy, the Vatican News website reported on Sunday. The measure was among a .. Teenage climate campaigner Thunberg honoured in France Caen, France: Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage activist whose Friday school strikes protesting government inaction over climate change helped sparked a worldwide movement, received the Freedom Prize in France on .. Panama is first Central American nation to ban plastic bags PANAMA CITY: Panama on Saturday became the first Central American nation to ban single-use plastic bags to try to curb pollution on its beaches and help tackle what the United Nations has identified as one of the world’s ..