Latest Heat waves News

Families struggle to meet Kashmiris lodged in Indian jail

Sep. 20, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

AGRA, India (AP) — Hameeda Begum explained her arduous journey from the Himalayan region of disputed Kashmir to the hot and humid room in the Agra Central Jail where the exhausted 70-year-old was waiting to see her son. A man in his early twenties offered her a bottle of water, saying, "Don't lose hope....

Southern California bakes under weekend heat wave

Sep. 14, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California is baking under a weekend heat wave that's dropping humidity levels and raising the risk of wildfires. A heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service for a large swath of the region is in place through Saturday night. Forecasters say inland areas could hit 105...

Official: Texas violated settlement over hot prisons

Sep. 10, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The head of Texas' prison system acknowledged during a court hearing Tuesday that state officials violated the settlement of a lawsuit over oppressive heat faced by some prisoners. Bryan Collier, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, testified that mistakes were...

France says 1,500 died in summer's heat wave

Sep. 8, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's health minister says 1,500 people died in this summer's heat wave in France — but a campaign of public awareness saved many lives. Agnes Buzyn, speaking on France Inter radio Sunday, said there were over 1,000 more deaths that the annual average for the time of the year, and...

Scientists monitoring new marine heat wave off West Coast

Sep. 5, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal scientists said Thursday they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the U.S. West Coast, a development that could badly disrupt marine life including salmon, whales and sea lions. The expanse of unusually warm water stretches from Alaska to California, researchers with the...

Heat wave fells records in several Oregon cities

Aug. 28, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Several Oregon cities broke records for high temperatures as the state endures a late-summer heat wave, including one record from 1894. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday that the coastal city of Astoria broke a 125-year-old record Tuesday, hitting 91 degrees (32 Celsius)....

Florida nursing home employees charged in patient deaths

Aug. 26, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Four employees of a Florida nursing home where 12 people died in sweltering heat after a hurricane cut power were charged Monday, at least three of them with aggravated manslaughter, their attorneys said. Nursing home patients at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills,...

The Latest: 4 charged in Florida nursing home deaths

Aug. 26, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on employees of a nursing home where 12 people died facing charges (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Four employees of a Florida nursing home where 12 people died in sweltering heat after a hurricane cut power have been charged, at least two of them with manslaughter....

Attorneys: Charges expected in Florida nursing home deaths

Aug. 25, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Defense attorneys said Sunday that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died after its air conditioning power went out amid sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma in 2017. Lawrence Hashish told The Associated Press his client is...

Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures

Aug. 23, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Add salmon to the list of species affected by Alaska's blistering summer temperatures, including the hottest July on record. Dead salmon have shown up in river systems throughout Alaska, and the mortalities are probably connected to warm water or low river water levels, said Sam...