Extreme heat forces school closings and early dismissals

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Extreme heat is causing a rash of school closings and early dismissals this week across the Midwest and northeastern United States, as a late-season heat wave could push temperatures into record-setting territory over the next several days.

More than 50 million people are under heat alerts from Texas and Oklahoma north to Minnesota and Michigan, and in Mid-Atlantic states such as Virginia and Maryland through the Northeast. Forecasts in some areas show temperatures soaring 15 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit above average.

Several school districts in New Jersey announced half-day schedules this week, reported, while in neighboring Pennsylvania, several districts are planning to close early or cancel in-person classes, according to Penn Live.

In Michigan on Tuesday, public schools in Detroit and Pontiac are dismissing students early and some public schools in Southfield are closing altogether, reported the Detroit Free Press. Similar disruptions are occurring in schools in parts of Ohio and Maryland.