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‘Dangerous’ heat wave forecast for Father’s Day weekend in central, northeast U.S.

Time to break out the flip-flops, fans and cool beverages, as some of the hottest weather of the season so far will scorch areas from the Midwest to the Northeast this Father’s Day weekend and into early next week.Blistering heat is forecast to bake much of the U.S. with widespread temperatures in the mid-to-upper 90s as far north as Wisconsin.It will feel like the middle of the summer in Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, AccuWeather said. “Heat of this magnitude is not uncommon for this part of the season, but intense June sunshine can make if feel worse than a similar hot and humid spell in August or September when the sun is weaker,” AccuWeather meteorologist Bob Larson said.Excessive heat advisories and warnings have been posted in both Chicago and St. Louis. The National Weather Service in St. Louis called it a “dangerous combination of maximum temperatures in the 90s and high humidity.”The combination “will likely lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness,” the weather service said. “The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning, and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible.”

 

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