Atlanta, Georgia, set its record on June 22 with 98 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday, while Macon about 80 miles south set a new heat record for the day with 105 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
At least a dozen high-temperature records were broken or broken across the eastern United States from Arkansas to the Carolinas – all the way to New York.
Part of widespread extreme weather
And there is no relief in sight.
About 65% of the U.S. population will see temperatures above 90 degrees over the next week, and nearly 55 million will swell in temperatures at or above 100 degrees.
New Orleans officials have warned that the heat index could be as high as 115 degrees this week, and the city has set up several cooling shelters.
At least five people died
At least five people died of heat-related causes last week – four in Georgia and one in Tennessee.
Electric companies in the south, investigated by CNN, said earlier that they were prepared for this week’s heat wave.
“This is our ‘Super Bowl’ that we’re preparing for all year,” Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) spokesman Scott Fiedler said in a statement to CNN. “TVA is extremely well positioned to meet the power demand in this week’s hot weather. As you know, temperature and load go hand in hand. So we should see high loads the rest of this week.”
CNN’s Taylor Ward and Devon Sayers contributed to this report.