Heat wave in U.S. kills 6

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Kids play at a fountain at Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington D.C., the United States, on July 17, 2019. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

Four people died in the Eastern state of Maryland, one in the Western state of Arizona and another in the central state of Arkansas, according to U.S. media.

The heat wave prompted event organizers to cancel their events, such as the New York City Triathlon, which donated its 12 tons of prepared refreshments to residents.

In a viral post which circulated on social media over the weekend, a police department in the state of Massachusetts appealed to local residents to hold off committing crimes until the heat wave passes.

People cool off at a fountain in New York City, the United States, July 20, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Six deaths have been attributed to a recent heat wave that swept through much of the United States.

"Due to the extreme heat, we are asking anyone thinking of doing criminal activity to hold off until Monday," the humorous notice issued by Braintree police said.

In Washington D.C., where a major celebration was held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing, emergency vehicles were deployed as locals crowded the national mall after sundown to celebrate.

Mitch Petrus, a 32-year-old American football player died Thursday from heatstroke after working outdoors in his family's shop.

Temperatures peaked Saturday in Eastern United States with many metropolitan regions hitting 38 degrees Celsius, compounded by high humidity.

In Arizona, an air conditioning technician, Steven Bell, died Thursday while working in an attic, according to local officials.