DALLAS — The temperature setting is stuck on broil across a swath of the Midwest and South, with Dallas and Oklahoma City sweltering through 100-degree heat for at least 10 days in a row.
Forecasters warned on Monday that the extreme heat could continue for most of the week and perhaps beyond. At the same time, many people won't be able to cool off by taking a dip: Swimming pools in some cities have closed because of budget cuts.
Heat advisories and excessive-heat warnings were issued Monday for 17 states in the Midwest and South. For today, the National Weather Service issued heat advisories for much of the East Coast, from Georgia to Connecticut, where temperatures are expected in the upper 90s but will feel as hot as 105 because of the humidity.
"It says a lot when you are dealing with such an expansive area of heat alerts," said National Weather Service spokesman Chris Vaccaro.
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Oklahoma City has hit 100 degrees or higher — 110 on Saturday — every day since June 29, including Monday, making it 13 in a row. The record there is 22 consecutive days, set in 1936.
Oklahoma City officials implemented a water rotation program Monday for residents and the 12 communities that use Oklahoma City water. Those with even-numbered addresses can water on even-numbered dates, and those with odd-numbered addresses can do the same on odd-numbered dates.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for 16 counties through tonight. Except for the Oklahoma Panhandle, the rest of the state is under a heat advisory.
Dallas recorded its 10th-straight day of 100-degree weather Monday. The city hit 100 for nearly three straight weeks as recently as 2006, and the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Monday for the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the first time since June 18. The advisory will remain in effect until Wednesday night.
In 1980, the Dallas-Fort Worth area endured 42 days in a row over 100 degrees.
Triple-digit highs are expected through the weekend in Dallas, and there is little chance of rain to cool things down.
"It's breaking daily records, but when you're talking about a record string of days — we're not there yet," Vaccaro said. "We're in the midst of a heat wave that's not over yet."
In Fort Worth, all of the city's pools are closed because of budget cuts. Through a partnership with the YMCA, Fort Worth residents can swim at four of its pools for two hours a day without a membership.
In Illinois, authorities said a 51-year-old man suffered heatstroke and died Sunday because his mobile home in Granite City had no working air conditioner. His body temperature was 104 when he arrived at the hospital.