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The extreme heat expected this summer, can pose health risks, particularly for sensitive groups such as older adults, children, people with asthma, or pregnant women.

According to research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a high likelihood of hotter-than-average conditions across the entire United States, especially in the Northeast, from Texas to the Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. The hot summer forecast is attributed to the probable shift from the El Niño to La Niña climate pattern by the second half of the summer. While La Niña has a slight cooling effect on the planet overall, it tends to increase summer heat in the United States.

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