Scorching Temps Threaten Health, Food Prices

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A massive heat wave is tightening its grip on the central U.S., Monday, with 17 states under heat advisories and warnings.
    
The sweltering temperatures are not only a safety concern, they could also affect food prices.

In Texas, cattle are suffering because there's so little water for them to drink, sparking record sell-offs.

"Normally, we sell 700-800 cows on a Friday and we're selling 1,800 and it's strictly due to the drought," said Bob Rodenberger, owner of Apache Auction Market.
   
Currently, the price of cattle is high. But if ranchers are forced to continue selling, it could flood the market, forcing beef prices down.
   
Forecasters say the heat wave is here to stay for now. The high pressure system backing should last another five days before heading east.

"It looks like we'll be dealing with this high pressure system for many days to come as it continues to intensify and grow in overall size," AccuWeather meteorologist Justin Povick said.

It's so hot in Omaha, Neb., that people are literally tossing ice into swimming pools to cool them down.
   
But the scorching temperatures are a serious safety concern for many, including the elderly.

"They'll complain of dizziness, weakness, being light headed, and they may even start to exhibit some signs of confusion," said Smitty Searles with Tri-State Ambulance
   
Experts advise those affected by the heat to drink lots of water, stay out of the sun, and avoid major activity outside.

"The goal was 10, but I don't think I'm going to make it that far," cyclist Gregory Wallsworth said. "I think it's just a little too hot out, even this early."
    
Most of the country will be forced to deal with the heat this week. Besides the 17 states under a heat advisory or warning, a total of 40 states will see temperatures of 90 degrees or more.

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