Sweaty Millions in Central US Have No Relief in Sight As Heat Wave Proves ‘Unrelenting’ | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | Washington Post
OKLAHOMA CITY — As temperatures climbed into the 90s Sunday in Steele, N.D., a small window air conditioner in Paul and Betty Smokov’s ranch home just couldn’t keep up.
“It’s 82 in the house,” Betty Smokov said. “The heat is really oppressive and sticky.”
That observation could be made anywhere in the central U.S. Heat advisories and warnings were in place in 17 states, from Texas to Michigan, as temperatures and humidity combined to make being outside uncomfortable for millions. One National Weather Service forecaster called the heat wave “unrelenting” and said sweaty residents shouldn’t expect any relief soon: A so-called “heat dome” over the region isn’t moving much.
“The trend is not our friend right now,” said Daryl Williams, a forecaster in Norman.
In Oklahoma City, forecasters expected another day of 100-degree heat Sunday, which would be the 27th day this year the city has reached 100 or above. The city is on pace to break its record for such days — 50 set in 1980 — with triple-digit heat possible through September.