Pressure Cooker! Heat 'Dome' Traps Much of U.S.

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A heat wave has Americans trapped in what feels like a pressure cooker, with more than 30 states under heat advisories.

"It's hot no matter what you're doing or where you are," said Tim Prader, a 50-year-old construction worker

"I can't stand it," one woman complained.
    
Weather experts explained that much of the U.S. is under what's being called a heat dome -- a high pressure system that compresses the hot, moist air underneath it.

Unfortunately, there is no relief in sight. The heat wave is now expanding toward the eastern U.S.

Temperatures along the East Coast are expected to reach over 100 degrees by this weekend.

"It's very hot. Pass out type of weather," New York City construction worker Bob DeFranco said.

"It's too hot, so hot. It's over 100 something," said Prince Zidan, a New York food cart worker.

As the heat wave moves across the country, it's also leaving a path of destruction.
    
In Iowa, the heat caused I-380 to buckle. And in Oklahoma, eight water mains broke when the metal expanded in concrete.
    
The National Weather Service warns that part of what makes the heat wave so dangerous is that it doesn't let up -- even after dark.
    
The scorching temperatures have been blamed for at least 13 deaths since last week.
    
Experts say there a few key things that people should be doing:

  • Drink plenty of water, not just when you feel thirsty.  
        
  • Take cool showers to bring down your body temperature.

Of course, sometimes there's only one thing you can do - go indoors.

"Let's go in," one person exclaimed. "It's too hot out here!"

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