The coming of “death ridge”

Tori Wilson, Reporter

A dangerous, extremely hot heatwave is about to hit the southeastern U.S. over Memorial Day weekend. All the way from Alabama to Virginia, temperatures could reach the high 90s to low 100s. This heatwave is called “death ridge” due to the high temperatures and no rain or moisture in the atmospheric pressure. A “ridge” is an area of high atmospheric pressure, one that prevents clouds and rain from forming, according to an article on USA Today.

Meteorologist Jonathan Erdman advises “Minimize your time outdoors during the hottest times of day, typically from late morning through late afternoon. Drink plenty of liquids and wear light, loose-fitting clothing if you must be outside for longer periods of time.” This heatwave can last all the way until early June across the southeast. There’s no cooling showers to be expected during this wave either.

There have already been heat advisories listed for Tennessee and the Carolinas. Meteorologists have warned people to be careful if they have to be outside for any reason and to stay hydrated, as the hot temperatures can easily cause you to become dehydrated. If you don’t have to be outside, they advise you to stay inside where it’s cool and away from the heat.

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