Heat forces school closures, early dismissals across Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The late summer heat wave has forced several schools in Ohio to close or schedule early dismissals.
Columbus city schools announced schools would close about two hours early Tuesday because of "persistent high temperatures and humidity." The forecast called for temperatures of 91 in central Ohio.
The district, the state's largest with about 51,000 students, also held early dismissal twice last week.
Residents asked to cut back on water use during heat wave
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Portsmouth city officials are asking residents to reduce the amount of water they use as demand soars during a heat wave.
Man’s death at residential facility investigated
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Investigators say a residential facility where a man died during a heat wave violated two state regulations.
Colombian city urges a break from sex to fight heat wave
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Health officials in one Colombian coastal city have a controversial recommendation for residents trying to stay cool during an intense heat wave: Take a break from sex.
Santa Marta city health secretary Julio Salas sparked a mix of laughter and disbelief this week when he urged residents of the Caribbean tourist mecca to refrain from sex during the day as part of a list of recommendations, such as staying hydrated and wearing loose clothing to prevent overheating.
Not just land heat waves: Oceans are in hot water, too
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heat waves.
Off the San Diego coast, scientists earlier this month recorded all-time high seawater temperatures since daily measurements began in 1916.
"Just like we have heat waves on land, we also have heat waves in the ocean," said Art Miller of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Heat wave put flamingos in the mood for 1st time in 15 years
LONDON (AP) — A British conservation charity says record-breaking temperatures have encouraged a rare flock of Andean flamingos to lay eggs for the first time since 2003.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust says six of the exotic birds laid nine eggs, all of which were infertile. The charity's reserve in Gloucestershire in southwest England then gave the Andean flamingos eggs from near-relatives, Chilean flamingos, to look after.
Heat warnings for eastern Montana through Sunday
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A heat wave is continuing in the northern Rockies.
Excessive heat warnings were in effect for eastern Montana through Sunday evening, with temperatures rising close to and into the triple digits.
Near Bonner, four firefighters suffered heat exhaustion while fighting a house fire on Friday in 100-degree heat.
British charity says heat wave put flamingoes in the mood
LONDON (AP) — A British conservation charity says record-breaking temperatures have encouraged a rare flock of Andean flamingos to lay eggs for the first time since 2003.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust says six of the exotic birds laid nine eggs, all of which were infertile. The charity's reserve in Gloucestershire in southwest England then gave the Andean flamingos eggs from near relatives, Chilean flamingos, to look after.
Smoke, heat plague Oregon
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A layer of smoke blanketed much of Oregon as a heat wave sent temperatures soaring to dangerous levels.
Temperatures were reaching 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.56 Celsius) on Thursday, according to the National weather Service. In the Central Oregon town of Bend, temperatures were 20 degrees above average for this time of year.
LONDON (AP) — In Scotland, which usually sees buckets of rain each summer, a traditional Highland Games event has fallen victim to Britain's summer heat wave.
Organizers of the Invercharron Highland Games say the "exceptionally dry weather" has slowed the growth of hay, so the farmer who lends his field for the event won't be able to harvest his crop before the games were to be held Sept. 15.
Organizers on Thursday expressed "severe regret" for the cancellation.
Hot stuff: Providence is officially mid heat wave
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Yes, it's really that hot. The capital city of Rhode Island is officially in the middle of a heat wave.
The National Weather Service says the city qualified as of 11:33 a.m. Tuesday, in the third day in a row of temperatures at 90 degrees or above. Today's high temperature is 94 degrees, only two short of a 96 degree record set in 1918. The heat index is currently 96 degrees with that expected to rise into the late afternoon.
Sticky in Maine, NH, but no “heat wave” status yet
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It's hot, it's sticky, and it's not really letting up any time soon.
That's the forecast from the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, which says the heat in parts of Maine and New Hampshire has approached record levels, but not broken them. The service has a heat advisory in place until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The National Weather Service says a heat wave would take three straight days above 90 degrees, and temperatures are expected to stay in the 80s on Wednesday.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters in Portugal were close to bringing a major, four-day wildfire near a popular tourist area under control Monday as sweltering weather gripped much of Europe.
The Portuguese Civil Protection Agency said firefighters had contained 95 percent of the blaze in rolling hills by the country's southern Algarve coast, though they were wary of reignitions and changes in the wind.
LOERZWEILER, Germany (AP) — Germany's grape harvest is officially underway on its earliest date yet after a scorching summer that has many other farmers groaning but — so far — is promising to be good for vintners.
At a vineyard in Loerzweiler, south of Mainz in southwestern Germany near the Rhine River, workers started plucking white grapes off rows of vines on Monday.
PRAGUE (AP) — Gorillas at Prague's zoo are keeping cool during the European heat wave by eating sorbet.
The zoo's eight Western lowland gorillas have been getting the treat almost every day during the summer in small plastic pots.
But zookeepers tried something new on Monday, presenting the gorillas with two big blocks of frozen water with a mixture of various fruits in it that are hanging from ropes in their enclosure.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Lisbon broke a 37-year-old record to notch its hottest temperature ever as an unrelenting heat wave baked Portugal and neighboring Spain. New heat records were set in 26 places around Portugal.
Portugal's weather service said the capital reached 44 degrees Celsius (111.2 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday afternoon, surpassing the city's previous record of 43 C (109.4 F) set in 1981.
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on Europe's heat wave (all times local):
France's health minister says only about 4 percent of the visits to hospital emergency rooms across the country are linked to the current heat wave, which the government considers a relatively low level.
Red alerts for Portugal, Spain amid smothering heat wave
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Residents and tourists in Portugal and Spain stayed in the shade or flocked to the beach Saturday as southern Europe sweltered in a heat wave that has produced near-record temperatures and threatens to stick around for days to come.
The extremely high temperatures, caused by an influx of hot air from Africa, were also carrying loads of dust from the Sahara Desert.
July was Burlington’s hottest month on record
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that July was the hottest month on record in Burlington, Vermont.
The weather service says the average temperature for the month was 76 degrees. The previous record was 75.3 degrees, which was set in July 1921.
July also broke a record for the most days above 85 degrees at 21. The previous record of 20 days was set in July 1955 and matched in 1975 and 1999.
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The Latest: Power utility breaks record in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the heat wave in the U.S. Southwest (all times local):
The Salt River Project power utility says it has broken its record for delivering power to its Phoenix-area customers during a heat wave in the U.S. Southwest.
The not-for-profit public power utility delivers electricity and water to some 2 million customers in Phoenix and the rest of central Arizona.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the heat wave across the Southwest U.S. (all times local):
The National Weather Service says a new high of 127 degrees (52.7 Celsius) has been set at California's Death Valley as a heat wave stretches across the U.S. Southwest.
Weather Service forecaster Chris Outler in Las Vegas said the record was set Tuesday, breaking the previous record of 126 (52.2 Celsius) registered for the day in 1916.
FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — The operator of California's electrical grid is calling for voluntary conservation of power due to high temperatures in most of the West, reduced electricity, tight natural gas supplies in the Southern California area and high wildfire risk.
The California Independent System Operator says a so-called Flex-Alert will go into effect statewide from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
Record high in Japan as heat wave grips the region
TOKYO (AP) — Japan recorded its highest temperature ever Monday as a deadly heat wave continued to grip a wide swath of the country and nearby South and North Korea.
The mercury hit 41.1 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) in Kumagaya, a city in Saitama prefecture about 65 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. That broke the previous record of 41.0 C in Ekawasaki on the island of Shikoku on Aug. 12, 2013.
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the heat wave in Northeast Asia (all times local):
On the hottest day so far this year, the governor of Japan's capital says that measures to deal with the heat are one of the pillars of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The temperature reached 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) in Tokyo on Monday.
Gov. Yuriko Koike told a news conference that the city has been working to address concerns about the heat for both fans and athletes.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the heat wave spreading across the southern U.S. (all times local):
A forecast of excessive heat this weekend has prompted the cancellation of the weekend's racing at a North Texas thoroughbred horse racing track.
In a post to its social media channels, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie says the live racing was canceled for the sake of "the safety and welfare" of the horses and jockeys. The decision is based on a recommendation of the state veterinarian.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials in Las Vegas are urging homeless people to use cooling centers and daytime shelters after three individuals were found dead in as many days of suspected heat-related causes.
The city in a statement Friday said the three people believed to be homeless were found dead just west of downtown, near Interstate 15.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A leader at a New Orleans homeless shelter says people and groups who feed the homeless at encampments that develop along city streets and under bridges and overpasses may be doing more harm than good — at least during the current heat wave.
TOKYO (AP) — A deadly heat wave in Japan this week has many residents in the Japanese capital questioning the wisdom of staging the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in July and August.
Rescuers in Tokyo responded to more than 3,000 emergency calls on Wednesday as the heat wave continued to grip Japan.
The 2020 Olympics will run from July 24 to Aug. 9 when temperatures in central Tokyo can exceed 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit).
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Managers of the state's biggest electrical grid say this week's head wave has led to an all-time record peak for electric power demand.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates that grid that covers most of the state, says demand peaked at 71,438 megawatts between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday. That tops the previous record set Aug 11, 2016, by 328 megawatts.
HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden says it has mobilized all available resources to put out dozens of wildfires raging across the country.
The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency said Wednesday that two Canadair CL-415 water-bombing planes on loan from Italy joined the firefighting efforts that included helicopters from Norway.
Swedish public broadcaster SVT says an estimated 40 wildfires are burning mostly in Sweden, mostly in the central and western parts of the country, but also in the Arctic north.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a Los Angeles mail carrier was found dead inside her postal truck in a neighborhood that reached 117 degrees (47 Celsius) during last week's record-breaking heat wave.
Coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said Tuesday that 63-year-old Peggy Frank died on the afternoon of July 6 in Woodland Hills. The cause is under investigation.
Winter said Frank had pre-existing medical issues, but he wouldn't elaborate.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on power outages stemming from a Southern California heat wave (all times local):
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says it has restored electricity to most of the 7,000 customers who lost power Monday morning in the midst of a heat wave.
In Koreatown, only 113 out of 2,200 customers remained without power by late afternoon.
Vermont heat related deaths rise to 4
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department says a fourth person has died in connection with last week's heat wave.
The department learned Monday that the death last week was heat-related, but he did not release any details.
A death certificate for one of the victims, 79-year-old Mary Myott of Essex Junction, says she died July 3 of hyperthermia in a home where the temperature had increased to 115 degrees.
Southern California heat triggers power outages
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California heat wave is winding down but utility crews are still working to restore electricity to thousands of people.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says about 12,000 customers remain without power early Monday.
A massive dome of high pressure over the West sent temperatures soaring well into triple digits on Friday and the stifling conditions continued through the weekend.
CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A sliding track in the northeastern Vermont town of Craftsbury was one of the coolest places in the country during the recent heat wave.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California sizzled Friday in record-breaking heat from the desert to the sea, with widespread triple-digit highs and withering conditions that stoked wildfires.
Officials urged people to take advantage of cooling centers in libraries and other facilities and to watch out for the elderly and very young, warning that minor heat-related illnesses can worsen quickly.
Sidewalks and outdoor lunch tables were left to the blazing sun.
Dangerous heat looms for Southern California
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California simmered Thursday in the early stages of a potentially dangerous heat wave that forecasters predicted would send temperatures soaring to record levels and create conditions that could readily cause wildfires to spread.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Health authorities in the Canadian province of Quebec said Thursday that 33 people have died from heat-related complications in the last few days.
Eighteen of those deaths have come in Montreal, where humid temperatures climbed past 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius).
Many of the victims were men over the age of 50 living alone in private apartments and seniors' residences, according to Dr. David Kaiser with Montreal's public health department.
BLEECKER, N.Y. (AP) — A man with autism relied on his Boy Scout skills to find drinkable water and stay safe while he was lost in New York's Adirondack woods for 50 hours during a heat wave, according to forest rangers and family members.
Bruce Williams floated on his back in a lake to conserve his energy, located safe drinking water from a stream and stayed calm as he awaited his rescuers, who found him sitting on a rock Monday afternoon, according to the Times-Union of Albany.
Weather forecasters say the hot, sticky weather is going to linger this week in New England.
On Sunday, an official heat wave was declared, meaning there has been three days of temperatures of 90 or above. There's no relief in sight. Before it ends, Concord, New Hampshire, could see seven consecutive days of 90-degree weather for the first time in 16 years.
The National Weather Service says Boston also is in the middle of a heat wave.
Chicago bracing for dangerous heat wave
CHICAGO (AP) — The expected dangerously hot weather in and around Chicago has officials warning people to drink lots of water, avoid going outside for long stretches and find a cool spot to ride out the heat.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the area from Friday morning until at least Saturday evening. Temperatures are expected to hover in the mid-90s during and day — with humidity that will make it feel like the temperature is as high as 105 to 112 degrees.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The director the New York State Office for the Aging is warning senior citizens and their caregivers about high temperatures as a heat wave moves in.
Agency leader Greg Olsen said Friday that hot weather can be particularly dangerous for older adults, especially those who live alone, are low-income or have chronic health conditions.
SAMARA, Russia (AP) — With Russia set to play Uruguay in a heat wave, authorities in Samara say they'll be distributing free drinking water at the stadium.
The local government is warning temperatures could hit 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) at the Samara Arena around the time of the game Monday.
WILLIAMSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Officials say crews will be working to repair a section of Interstate 55 in central Illinois where the roadway buckled in the recent high temperatures.
Illinois State Police said Tuesday the middle and left lanes for northbound I-55 near the community of Williamsville have been closed by the state highway department for repairs that could take several days.
Police are urging caution by drivers as they approach the area about 10 miles northeast of Springfield.
Southern California still hot but conditions moderating
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's fall heat wave broke more records Wednesday but with less intensity despite the persistence of high pressure over the West.
Downtown Los Angeles reached 100 degrees in the early afternoon, surpassing the date's old record of 96 set in 1983 but behind the pace of heating that sent the mercury soaring to a record 104 a day earlier.
The Latest: Crews battle fires amid Southern California heat
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on high heat and fire danger in Southern California (all times local):
Southern California firefighters are battling a wildfire in the hills about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles amid Santa Ana winds that are bringing dangerously hot and gusty conditions.
The fire erupted Tuesday near the community of Casitas Springs, and firefighters are attacking it on the ground and with aircraft.