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What states will be affected by the massive heatwave on the East Coast this weekend?

Temperates across the East Coast are expected to reach the low 100s, typical of peak summer, but for May, the heatwave is unprecedented.

Temperates across the East Coast are expected to reach the low 100s, typical of peak summer,  but for May, the heatwave is unprecedented.

This weekend’s temperature may break records for May in both directions. As much of the Rockies is expected to experience record low temperature this time of year, states on the East Coast are bracing for a massive heatwave.

“A dip in the jet stream will maintain much cooler than normal temperatures for the Rockies into the Plains, with a strong cold front separating it from the hot weather in the East,” said the National Weather Service. Where these two jet streams meet, there is an increased chance of severe rain and thunderstorms which could impact Texas through the Midwest and New England.

Heat advisories this weekend on the East Coast

Heat advisories in May are being seen for the first time since 2006 across many states in the Northeast, including New York, New Jersey, parts of New England, and Pennsylvania.

With temperatures expected to reach the high 90s and even low 100s in some areas, the National Weather Service is expecting the hottest temperatures this year.

Heatwaves in other places around the world

Since March, the Indian sub-continent has experienced an early and severe heatwave, which many scientists see attribute to increasing global temperatures. Outside of New Delhi, landfills catch fire every year as hot temperatures interact with the methane emitted as garbage decomposes. These events usually take place much later in the summer, but this year there have already been three fires reported.

In Pakistan, the city of Nawabshah saw temperates reach 49.5 °C or 121.1°F in early May. Temperatures in Pakistan tend to be hottest between May and August, and with such extreme heat already reported, many believe that this could end up being one of, if not the, hottest summer on record.

Tragically, the historic heatwave has killed ninety people and all countries in the region are working to ensure they have the energy, food, and water resources to support their citizens combat the heat.

Climate Change and India’s Wheat Production

Climate change is already impacting India’s wheat yields. With the excessive heat coming much earlier than usual, many wheat crops died before they were able to be harvested. India produces around 13.6 percent of the total wheat supply. Combined with decreased yields in China, climate change, and disruptions to production in Ukraine and Russia, severe hunger could be felt around the world.

Earlier this month, India announced a partial wheat export ban to ensure their domestic supply remained adequate after seeing yields plummet. This caused a major distruption to the price, which has nearly doubled in price, surging from $662 to more than $1,170.


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