Officials warn residents of heat waves coming to Florida (includes video story)

Americans across the nation are lowering the temperature on their thermostats as heat alerts make its way across the county. The scorching hot weather has caused a global heatwave that can be extremely dangerous.  

President Joe Biden announced new executive actions to combat the effects of climate change.  

“Climate change is literally an existential threat to our nation and to the world,” President Biden said on his visit to a former coal-fired power plant in Somerset, Massachusetts. “Don’t be a roadblock. We all have a duty right now, to our economy to our competitiveness in the world.” 

South Florida, famously known for its warm weather and sunny beaches, is also on the heat wave radar.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has appointed the first-ever Chief Heat Officer, Jane Gilbert. She is also the City of Miami’s former Chief Resilience Officer. Her role focuses on brining awareness to the dangers of extreme heat. 

“Stay inside during these excessive heat days,” Gilbert said during an interview with CNN. “It’s really important to check on [friends and family] and make sure that they have the ability to take care of themselves.”  

As the temperature continues to rise, South Floridians are advised to stay cool and drink plenty of fluids.

“It’s critical that people take the precautions necessary,” Gilbert said.

Michelle Morris is a senior at Florida International University, pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Digital Media with a concentration in Television Production. Michelle Morris is Haitian American and has a passion for storytelling and video production that make diverse stories come to life. After graduation, Michelle aspires to be a television presenter as well as pursue other areas of television such as screenwriting.