Heat Wave Sizzles US

Temperatures endanger many across the country, keeping even the hardiest indoors
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 7, 2007 5:09 PM CDT
"We've gone all year without a serious heat wave so we want people to be aware of what to do to keep themselves safe," said Ben Miller, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in the St....   (Shutterstock.com)
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(Newser) – Heat, not hurricanes, is generally the biggest weather-related cause of death in the US, and with a heat wave is sweeping over much of the country, health experts are urging people to stay indoors and keep cool. It's so hot in St. Louis that the Rams have temporarily moved their daytime workouts indoors to keep players from passing out of the field.

Temperatures are climbing into the 90s and 100s from the Western plains to the East Coast, the AP reports. The Arkansas health department has recorded two heat-related deaths, and today's races at Delaware Park were canceled out of concern for jockeys' and horses' health. Those with heart and lung conditions, the elderly, and the very young are most at risk.