heat wave

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heat wave (plural heat waves)

  1. (idiomatic) A period of exceptionally hot weather.
    • 1933, Irving Berlin, "Heat Wave", As Thousands Cheer
      We're havin a heat wave / A tropical heat wave / The temperatures rising, it isn't suprising / She certainly can, can can! / She started a heat wave / By letting her seat wave, / in such a way that the customers say / that she certainly can, can-can!
  2. (US, weather broadcasting) Three consecutive days with daytime high temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

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