Scorching Temperatures Lead to Fatal Heat Incident in Houston


As record-breaking high temperatures burn a large portion of the United States, the most populous city in Texas has reported its first heat-related death of the year. 

According to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, the single heat-related death in Harris County, Texas, so far this year happened in Houston. The 67-year-old Victor Ramos was discovered in his Houston Texas house, which lacked air conditioning, and was transferred to a nearby hospital, where he passed away on June 24.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences determined that accidental hyperthermia was the manner and cause of death. According to a tally compiled by The Associated Press, more than a dozen heat-related fatalities have been reported in Texas this year. 

Laredo is located in Webb County, which had at least 11 of the fatalities. Almost 75 million people are still under heat alerts in 13 U.S. states, ranging from Florida to California.

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Extreme Heat In Different Parts of United States

Including Corpus Christi, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Palm Springs, California, the National Weather Service had issued In several places, there are heat advisories as of Monday morning. Many locations, including Miami, Florida; Alexandria, Louisiana; Houston, Texas; and Denver, Colorado, all received heat advisories.

Over the weekend, the Southwest experienced its highest temperatures, and the next few days were supposed to see a little decline. Yet from Las Vegas to Phoenix, temperatures will continue to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit. In the previous 17 days, the state capital of Arizona has seen temperatures of 110 degrees or greater and is on pace to surpass the all-time mark of 18 consecutive days set in 1974.

Phoenix hasn’t experienced overnight temperatures below 90 degrees for the past seven days, and another night would be a record. The previous record of 23 straight days established in 1994 has been broken in El Paso, Texas, where temperatures have been above 100 degrees for the past 31 days. Four individuals have been identified by the El Paso Fire Department as having heat-related illnesses.

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Source: ABC News

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