Michigan Caught in a Dangerous Ring Of Fire
It's a good thing that June is the month where the most ice cream is produced nationwide, because Michiganders are going to need anything that can help cool them down during the intense heat wave July is bringing.
Michigan is sitting right on the edge of the massive heat dome that is radiating sunshine and triple-digit temperatures over the majority of the continental United States. For the past week and a half, 21 states have experienced temperatures up to 115 degrees.
A heat dome is an atmospheric phenomenon where a high-pressure system traps air underneath it, creating unusual hot and humid conditions.
It will also create a high, record-breaking heat index across many states. A heat index is how hot the air feels when the humidity is factored in with the temperature, so while it could be only 85 degrees out, the heat index could skyrocket to 103.
Heat advisories spanned as far north as Minnesota, and were extended to reach parts of southern Michigan. Even President Obama tweeted his warnings, as reported on NBC
This map says it all. Stay safe as it heats up: Drink water, stay out of the sun, and check on your neighbors. pic.twitter.com/c1qFTmq2IV
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 20, 2016
Cities in Michigan are situated right on the edge of the massive heat wave in a position meteorologists are calling the"Ring of Fire." They expect days of severe thunderstorms, as thunderstorms tend to thrive and travel on the outskirts of the dome.
As the temperatures are expected to exceed 90 degrees, cooling centers have opened in the Tri-county area to prevent heat stroke and dehydration. They are open for anyone who may not have the resources to cool down in their home or workplace and are open every day of the week.
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