heat wave

noun

Definition of heat wave 

: a period of unusually hot weather

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During the heat wave last week, Matthew Iadarola, a sound mixer from Silver Lake, handed out water at a homeless encampment in Los Feliz. latimes.com, "Today: The Chaos of Reunification," 11 July 2018 In Southern California, several destructive blazes that broke out late last week during an intense heat wave have quieted down. Colleen Slevin, Fox News, "Illegal fires ignite massive Colorado blazes, spur arrests," 10 July 2018 Frank died Friday after being found unresponsive in her mail truck on her route during a blistering Southern California heat wave. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "‘She was going to retire soon.’ Postal carrier dies on the job in 117-degree heat wave," 10 July 2018 In Southern California, several destructive blazes that broke out late last week during an intense heat wave have quieted down. Colleen Slevin, The Seattle Times, "Illegal fires ignite massive Colorado blazes, spur arrests," 10 July 2018 Some Los Angeles theaters overperformed, executives said, likely due to those seeking air conditioning during the Southern California heat wave. Jake Coyle, Houston Chronicle, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' buzzes to $76 million debut," 9 July 2018 Southern California fires began erupting Friday as strong high pressure over the West spawned an epic heat wave that saw parts of Los Angeles broil in temperatures up to 117 degrees (47.2 Celsius). Washington Post, "Wildfires rage through California amid heat rage," 8 July 2018 The church hall is one of several hundred places statewide opening doors during the heat wave to give people a safe place to cool off. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Connecticut To Cook For Several Days In Heat Wave," 1 July 2018 There’s currently a heat wave in the U.K. (and also here in America). Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Princess Charlotte Tastes a Delicious Window," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of heat wave

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heat wave was in 1893

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heat wave

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: a period of unusually hot weather

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