Does it feel like temperatures outside are getting hotter and hotter? It’s not just you — a heat wave has swept the United States, with cities all along the east coast earning records for the hottest temperatures of the decade.
But what exactly is a heat wave, what causes it, and how can you protect yourself?
A heat wave is a period of unusually high temperatures that lasts for at least two days. Heat waves are usually caused by a segment of air that gets trapped in a certain area. When air isn’t allowed to move and flow, the rays of the sun naturally heat the air, causing it to become hotter and hotter. That heat is then transferred to the ground, resulting in high temperatures. Continue reading