By Andrew FennellThe sun will be shining across the city on Sunday, as temperatures will hit 32 degrees Celsius, but a big part of Charlotte’s outdoor shopping district will be under siege from the heat.
It is expected that up to 25 per cent of the city’s shopping will be closed due to the heatwave.
As many as 500,000 people in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg metropolitan area could be without electricity and gas as temperatures soar to 33 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit).
A spokeswoman for the city said more than 6,000 public buildings were closed due a heatwave and more than 700 homes had been evacuated.
“The City of Charlotte and the NC Energy Agency are working closely to keep the city cool during this heatwave,” she said.
The heatwave is expected to last until Wednesday, with temperatures expected to rise to between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius by Tuesday night.
In North Carolina, the heat is expected for much of the week.
FEMA spokesman Ryan Brown said the agency was working with utilities to help ensure people have enough power, and said people should check the status of their electric, gas and water service if they have questions.
“We’ve got the equipment to deal with the heat, but it’s going to take a few days before it all gets to the grid,” Mr Brown said.
“People need to be prepared, especially when it’s the coldest day of the year.”
The heatwaves are hitting the west coast of the US and in the UK.
On Sunday, a record low of 27.2 degrees Celsius was recorded in Washington state, with a record high of 35.3 degrees Celsius in Oklahoma, according to the US National Weather Service.
A record low temperature of 26.3 was recorded across southern Australia on Sunday.
In New Zealand, a heat wave has been predicted for the next 24 hours.
The maximum temperature was recorded at 10.2°C in the northern suburbs of Wellington on Sunday and the lowest recorded temperature was 10.0°C at a park in the Auckland suburb of Auckland.
The South Island of New Zealand recorded its lowest recorded maximum temperature at 1.7°C, while a record hot temperature was reported in southern New South Wales.
The heat wave is also hitting the east coast of Australia, with the city of Adelaide experiencing the hottest temperature of the day on Sunday at 39.4°C.
Auckland has been a hot spot for extreme heat in recent years, with more than 200 deaths and more 1,200 hospitalisations due to heatwave-related illnesses.
A spokeswoman said the city would work to keep residents cool by making sure they had enough air conditioning and electricity to keep them cool, as well as to ensure that people had adequate food and water supplies.
“There are plans in place to help with water, and to get the city out of the heat and out of their comfort zone,” she added.
Topics:weather,climate-change,health,community-and-society,asian-aboriginal-andamphibian,australiaFirst posted November 21, 2017 13:36:38Contact Chris Wood at [email protected]