DALLAS, Aug. 3 (UPI) — The heat wave responsible for dozens of deaths across the U.S. midsection is entering its second month, meteorologists said.
Temperatures topped 100 degrees during the day and fell only to the upper 80s during the night in cities such as Dallas, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Mo., CNN reported.
AccuWeather.com said Dallas may not see any relief from triple-digit heat until mid-August.
As Texans try to maintain their cool, the state said it set a record for electricity demand Tuesday afternoon — breaking the mark set Monday.
“Due to the high temperatures and high electricity usage expected this week, we are continuing to request that consumers and businesses reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours … for the remainder of the week,” said Kent Saathoff of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the state’s power grid.
Tuesday’s record usage could be broken Wednesday, the council said.
Officials blame the sweltering temperatures for dozens of heat-related deaths across the region, mainly in Texas and Oklahoma.
In Plano, Texas, an assistant high school football coach died Monday after passing out during the first practice of the season. The medical examiner ruled the coach died from heat exposure associated with heart disease, KDAF-TV, Dallas, reported.
Heat advisories and warnings were posted in parts of at least 17 states from Arizona to North Carolina, CNN reported.
In Tulsa, Okla., maple trees were falling to heat exhaustion, arborist Mike Forest told the cable network.
About 18 percent of the contiguous states are in extreme or exceptional drought conditions, the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said.
AccuWeather.com said high pressure throughout the atmosphere would keep most fronts, tropical systems and thunderstorms away from Texas for a while.