Warning the Homeless and Preparing for the Heat

Norfolk city officials are warning the homeless about the dangers of high temperatures.

City officials and homeless advocacy groups are also teaming up to deliver cold water and sunscreen to the city's homeless Wednesday and Thursday.

The city's Office to End Homelessness says it is working with community partners to coordinate assistance during severe weather throughout the summer.

The city is reminding everyone to drink plenty of water and to stay in the shade as much as possible during extreme heat.

The National Weather Service is forecasting that temperatures in the city will reach 96 degrees Thursday.

Much of the country is sweating through near-record temperatures.

The NWS has predicted temperatures nearing 100 degrees along parts of the East Coast and the South. Forecasters say it'll feel even hotter because of high humidity.

It could be just the beginning, as the six-to-ten day outlook from the federal Climate Prediction Center calls for continued above-average readings centered on the Mid-South. That region includes Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. It also extends as far as the Great Lakes and New York and New Jersey.

Officials have attributed high temperatures to the deaths of five elderly people in Tennessee, Maryland and Wisconsin in recent days. The heat also has crushed record highs in St. Louis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

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