Researchers say those most vulnerable to the heat are the elderly, children, people with pre-existing conditions and the poor.
Just last year, a rash of summer thunderstorms caused power outages in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. Those storms were followed by a heat wave during which thirty-two people died. Most of those deaths occurred among elderly adults who lived alone in homes without air conditioning.
Experts say it is important to remember that heat can kill and you must take proper precautions.
To prevent heat-related illness and death you should stay hydrated, stay cool and stay informed of upcoming heat waves.