Just when we were anticipating a long, hot summer, a triple-whammy “heat dome” of high pressure will blast 80 percent of the continental U.S. with temperatures over 90 degrees over the next few weeks. Another 45 million people will be facing highs in the triple digits.
“The heat wave will be very long-lived, lasting multiple weeks in some areas with only a few days of near-normal temperatures during that span,” Jeff Masters, Ph.D. and founder of the popular site Weather Underground.
This follows on Buffalo’s longest streak of 90 F days and Miami’s hottest week on record. The National Weather Service is warning about “excessive heat” starting this weekend, noting that “heat indices are likely to be over 110 degrees” in the South and Southwest. It spreads further North from there.
Heat domes occur when the atmosphere keeps hot ocean air trapped, as if it were under a lid or cap. Thus, with high humidity, the heat index registers an even higher effective heat.
This super heating is going to trigger frequent and more explosive hurricanes, perhaps in the mega storm category. Water temperatures particularly in the Caribbean are already running 1-2 C above normal- intensifiers. This will move even higher going into August.
All of this comes as government leaders threaten renewed Covid-19 lockdowns in these hot states, trapping people indoors, many without air-conditioning. California is going back into lockdown this week.
This, combined with alleged scamdemic outbreaks, will halt the economy dead in its tracks as the population shelters from heat and Covid-1984 scare tactics. The issue with Covid is not its reality but the pervasive fear instilled in the workforce.
Meanwhile, nearly one-third of U.S. households – representing 32 percent – have still not made their full housing payment for the month of July, according to a survey from online rental platform Apartment List.
“Delayed payments in one month are a strong predictor for missed payments in the next,” Apartment List says.
Accordingly, some 28 million people in the U.S. are facing eviction and homelessness in the immediate future. The number that could be evicted in the heat is anybody’s guess.
Rent deferrals and eviction moratoriums are ending in quick succession, and the $600 per week federal unemployment supplement runs out at the end of the month. By the end of this week, courts in at least 39 states will begin eviction lawsuits against people behind on their rent. On July 24, the CARES Act moratorium on evictions will expire.
States that have already lifted the moratorium have seen a dramatic spike in eviction cases. In Memphis, Shelby County courts faced a backlog of 9,000 eviction cases when hearings resumed last month. In Milwaukee, eviction filings spiked 15% since the city’s moratorium was lifted, according to data from the Eviction Lab.
A spike in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations prompted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to roll back the state’s reopening plans last month, but eviction hearings are moving forward on Zoom.
A quarter of New York City apartment renters have not paid their rent since March. A new state law prohibits evictions while social-distancing rules are in effect. With greatly reduced cash flows from landlords, the city is bracing for hundreds of millions in delinquent property taxes. Mayor Blasio has already outlined 22,000 city job cuts, if no federal relief is provided.
“During pre-pandemic times, Tucson was already a Top 25 evicting city, with a filing rate more than 3% above the national average,” according to the national Eviction Lab, Princeton University’s nationwide database of evictions. On July this city’s moratorium ends.
There is push back against this material crisis. One could easily argue that all the racial tension was a distraction away from evictions during a pandemic and heat wave.
Fight back against the eviction machine in Virginia!
VA courts are open and Bell Partners is already moving to evict 120 families at Southern Towers. They have to appear in court on Wednesday, July 15th. Join us to support them and demand a continued moratorium on evictions pic.twitter.com/AbMx2IjgD0
— Stomp Out Slumlords (@StompSlumlords) July 9, 2020
Additionally, 20% of Americans missed their mortgage payment the first week of July. Under-capitalized banks and lenders will need to increase loss reserves as soon as this week’s earnings reports.