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The record-breaking heatwave hitting the U.S right now is more than just sweltering — it’s downright dangerous. A scare at the White House in the middle of a daily press briefing is highlighting just how dangerous heat can be, even indoors.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stepped off the podium Tuesday, June 18, after someone can be heard saying, “We have an emergency.” Jean-Pierre then went to check the person who appeared to have overheated, before she returned to the briefing. “Does anybody need water?” she asked the reporters in attendance, agreeing that it was hot in the briefing room.

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AccuWeather is reporting the high temperature reached 94 degrees in Washington Tuesday, June 18. It’s also expected to get hotter as the week goes on, with the National Weather Service predicting a potential high of 99 degrees by Saturday, June 22. 

The heat in D.C. is part of a bigger heatwave sweeping over the eastern U.S. right now. Meteorologists say around 270 million people will experience temperatures at or above 90 degrees this week. 

The heat is not the only big severe weather event facing the U.S. right now. At least one person has been confirmed dead in New Mexico as two wildfires continue to burn. 

The fires forced thousands to quickly flee their homes and fire officials say more than 500 structures have been destroyed by those fires so far. 

However, forecasters said incoming cooler weather and the chance of rain could bring some relief this week to firefighters battling the blazes. 

The Texas coast is under a tropical storm watch as what could soon become the first named storm of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season approaches. The National Hurricane Center said heavy, potentially flooding rain is expected, with as much as 15 inches possible. 

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THE RECORD-BREAKING HEATWAVE HITTING THE U-S RIGHT NOW IS MORE THAN JUST SWELTERING — IT’S DOWNRIGHT DANGEROUS —  AND A SCARE AT THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DAILY PRESS BRIEFING IS HIGHLIGHTING JUST HOW DANGEROUS HEAT CAN BE… EVEN INDOORS.

“One follow-up, lastly, on the question of timing for the immigration move today. Can you just give us a sense of…”

“We have an emergency.”

“Oh. Hold on. Did somebody pass out? Yes, somebody did.”

WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY KARINE JEAN-PIERRE STEPPING OFF THE PODIUM TO CHECK ON SOMEONE WHO APPEARS TO HAVE GOTTEN OVERHEATED… BEFORE RETURNING TO THE BRIEFING — BUT NOT WITHOUT MAKING SURE EVERYONE ELSE IN THE ROOM WAS OKAY.

“Okay, uh, sorry about that hopefully, she’s okay.”

“It is stuffy in here.” (can we add subtitles for this part?)

“You are… you’re…”

(unintelligible)

“Yeah. Yeah. You are correct; it is, it is hot in here.”

“I was just asking a follow-up question.”

“Yes.”

“If we’re all okay.”

“I think we’re okay. I think we’re okay to move on. And does anybody need water?”

ACCU-WEATHER IS REPORTING THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED 94 DEGREES IN WASHINGTON YESTERDAY.

IT’S EXPECTED TO GET HOTTER AS THE WEEK GOES ON — WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PREDICTING A POTENTIAL HIGH OF 99 DEGREES BY SATURDAY.

IT’S PART OF A BIGGER HEATWAVE SWEEPING OVER THE EASTERN U-S RIGHT NOW.

METEOROLOGISTS SAYING AROUND 270 MILLION PEOPLE WILL EXPERIENCE TEMPERATURES AT OR ABOVE 90 DEGREES THIS WEEK.

THE HEAT ISnt THE ONLY BIG SEVERE WEATHER EVENT FACING THE country  RIGHT NOW…

AT LEAST ONE PERSON HAS died IN NEW MEXICO AS TWO WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO BURN … FORCING THOUSANDS TO leave THEIR HOMES.

FIRE OFFICIALS SAY MORE THAN 500 STRUCTURES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED BY THOSE FIRES SO FAR.

HOWEVER — FORECASTERS SAY INCOMING COOLER WEATHER AND THE CHANCE OF RAIN COULD BRING SOME RELIEF.

AND THE TEXAS COAST IS UNDER A TROPICAL STORM WATCH AS WHAT COULD SOON BECOME THE FIRST NAMED STORM OF THE 20-24 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON APPROACHES.

THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER SAYS HEAVY, POTENTIALLY FLOODING RAIN IS EXPECTED — WITH AS MUCH AS 15 INCHES POSSIBLE.