Power companies use the heat wave as a “big pot” for energy use where temperatures can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Energy companies across the United States are said to be planning to use the current heatwave, or heat dome, that blankets the country as a “super bowl” of energy use.

This comes despite previous warnings that high temperatures during the summer in the United States could lead to widespread blackouts, mainly due to damaged power lines and power grid failures.

For more than a week, a massive weather system composed of warm compressed air and a jet stream has caused sweltering heat over the central United States.

Hot temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher have occurred in multiple areas, with cases of infection among animals and humans reported.

In Kansas, about 10,000 fat cattle have died due to the warm nighttime temperatures.

In California, a man died while walking in the heat of the sun. Meanwhile, three homeless men in Georgia died of heat-related causes.

In Tennessee, health complications due to heat resulted in the death of a woman in her trailer without an air conditioning unit.

The start of summer is threatening millions of Americans this week with the same hot weather we’ve seen recently, beating long-running records in some cities and towns nationwide.

Some of these records were as old as several decades ago since modern temperature measurement began in the 20th century.

The latest weather developments in the United States indicated that frequent extreme weather will affect states in the southwestern and southern regions, as well as those on the east coast.

In the coming days, scorching temperatures are likely to cause power outages in some areas and heat-related illnesses cannot be ruled out.

Thermal dome forecast


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A second heat wave looms for the first time in several weeks, threatening about 65 million Americans this week.

As of Tuesday, June 21, heat warnings have been issued to nearly 35 million people, according to CNN.

In general, the thermal dome is expected to move away from the central United States in several regions, including in the deep south and southeastern United States, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The following cities can be affected by three-digit temperatures:

  • Dallas, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Atlanta, Georgia

In addition, areas stretching from Texas to Georgia could not escape the rising temperatures in the country.

Read also: Heat wave update: NWS issues heat alerts to over 60 million Americans from California to Louisiana

Heat wave energy source

In May, the North American Electrical Reliability Corporation (NERC) released its “Summer 2022 Reliability Assessment” report, noting that this summer’s extreme heat and severe weather will drive demand for power supplies.

The high demand will be the result of widespread power outages across the country, exacerbated by drought.

In recent years, heat-related blackouts and infrastructure damage have been seen in the United States in recent years.

Previous hot events have also raised concerns about the strength and safety of the country’s energy sector.

Natural adversities aside, it has been reported that some US energy companies are well prepared for the upcoming challenge of blackouts and increased energy consumption.

Related articles: Possible power outages this US summer season due to heat and severe weather: NERC warns

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