A Sweltering Nation

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 3:07pm

Heatwave has much of the country in its grip.

Forecasters say the heat wave gripping the nation is one of the worst in nearly a decade.

The scorching temperatures and high humidity are making it downright unbearable and dangerous.

The scorching heat that has gripped much of the country for weeks has now moved east, with the majority of states experiencing 90 degree-plus temperatures.

"This is an incredibly strong ridge, it's been incredibly persistent, fueled by the drought in some ways across the southern plains, and it doesn't seem like it's going to be going anywhere anytime soon," says The Weather Channel's Carl Parker.

Workers and the elderly run the biggest risk for heat-related problems, but doctors say this ongoing heat wave has the potential to affect anyone.

"The single biggest thing is keeping hydrated," advises Dr. Jeffrey Kline. "You can use water for this purpose. Gatorade is also fine, but it's easy to get behind on the hydration status"

Experts say you should pace yourself.

In the coming days, there will be little relief.

Temperatures could reach near 100 degrees in parts of the Midwest and Northeast.

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