Summer season has been hostile in the USA, this brought a heat wave that made Americans want to stay outdoors at the pool these past weeks. But this week, the country will experience relief as scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to hit some parts of America.
For the Northeast, scattered showers and thunderstorms bring a cooler temperature to Upstate New York and New England and isolated thunderstorms develop in the late afternoon and evening from Southwest Pennsylvania through southwest Virginia.
The Midwest will feel the end of the scorching heat by Friday in most areas. A cold front in Canada that rushed southward across the region will spark heavy showers and harsh thunderstorms, where severe threat runs on from north and east North Dakota to central Michigan today. The threat areas for this Friday are in central and south Michigan, northern Indiana, extreme northwest Ohio and southeast Wisconsin.
The South will also have its fair share of gloomy weather, starting with scattered heavy thunderstorms in central and western Tennessee, Alabama, east Louisiana and Mississippi. There will also be rainfall that may accumulate 1-3 inches in a brief period of time. This could lead to some flash flooding.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be felt in the West, particularly across Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.
With the change of weather conditions, citizens are advised to reschedule their blood donation appointments this weekend as harsh weather would make transportation a burden to blood donors. One reason why blood drives are canceled is because of extreme weather conditions.
But it’s still officially summer season in the US, and the threat of a heat wave is still there once the sun gets back to shine.
Tips on how to stay cool in a very hot weather.
- Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and
- Avoid doing anything that will make you sweat too much.
- Light colored, loose-fitting clothing keeps you feeling cooler.
- Drink water frequently, even if you’re not thirsty. You can get dehydrated when your body has nothing to sweat.
- Vitamin Water helps too.
- Stay in your den during the hottest time of the day. Underground rooms are 10-15 degree cooler because warm air rises.
We must be prepared for whatever consequences extreme weather conditions might bring. Keeping informed and donating blood are two simple ways to practice it. Keep safe, America!