The extreme heat that has gripped the South is now heading east and could reach dangerous levels in parts of the Midwest, the Plains and the Southeast this week.
23 states were under heat advisories Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Kansas City, Missouri, and St. Louis are under an excessive heat warning, along with Tulsa, Oklahoma; Memphis, Tennessee; and Evansville, Indiana. In these areas, the heat index, or how hot the body feels due to the combined effects of heat and humidity, will reach between 110 and 115 degrees this week. [Source]
Worse than the heat is the drought that is now spread across 14 states, from Florida, where severe water restrictions are in place, to Arizona, where ranchers could be forced to sell off entire herds of cattle because they simply cannot feed them.
In Texas, where the drought is the worst, virtually no part of the state has been untouched. City dwellers and ranchers have been tormented by excessive heat and high winds. In the Southwest, wildfires are chewing through millions of acres.
The heat and the drought are so bad in southwest Georgia that hogs can barely eat. Corn, a lucrative crop with a notorious thirst, is burning up in fields. Cotton plants are too weak to punch through soil so dry it might as well be pavement. [Source]
Human beings have air conditioning and tap water, but farmers’ crops are parched and innocent wildlife are dying.
God, have mercy on us.
Please pray for rain and cooler temps!