White House unveils website to protect Americans from intense heat

Children cool off while playing in a fountain in Domino Park, Brooklyn on July 24, 2022 in New York City. Credit: Getty Images

Children cool off while playing in a fountain in Domino Park, Brooklyn on July 24, 2022 in New York City. Credit: Getty Images

In the middle of the excitement, nationwide heat waves, the White House launched Heat.gov on Tuesday. The website is meant to serve as “the nation’s premier source of heat and health information to reduce the health, economic, and infrastructural impacts of extreme heat.”

The website is part of a larger set of initiatives introduced by the Biden administration in response to the extreme heat caused by the climate crisis.

“President Biden has asked us to respond to the extreme heat in the country. Extreme heat is a silent killer, but it affects more Americans than any other weather emergency — especially our country’s most vulnerable,” White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy said in a statement. .

Interactive maps, tips for staying cool, forecasts and other essential data can all be found on the website.

According to data from NOAA’s National Weather Service posted on the website, more than 39 million people in the United States are in geographic areas considered “warning zones” for extreme heat advisories, on eve and warnings.

In addition to its domestic effects, the extreme heat crisis is playing out on a global scale. Europe, generally known for its temperate summer climate, is facing unusually hot and dry weather that has catalyzed the spread of wildfires across the continent. Similar patterns of widespread scorching heat are also evident in parts of South Asia and China.

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