Sweltering heat has ushered in the new month from the bustling heart of China to the heart of the Siberian "Pole of Cold."
In the heavily populated North China Plain, Monday marked three-straight days of 100-degree F heat. In Beijing, the temperature hit 100 F, or 38 C, on Saturday, then soared to a blistering 106 F, or 41 C, on Monday.
Compounding the heat woes in the nation's capital city was the unusual overnight warmth. Early on Sunday, for instance, the lowest temperature was 80 F, or about 27 C.
Other major cities suffering serious heat to at least 100 F on Monday were Tangshan and Tianjin. At Shijiazhuang, respective highs Saturday through Monday were 103 F, 104 F and 105 F, or about 40 C each. Normal high temperature for the time of year is near 90 F.
Far to the north and well away from any major cities, the infamous "Pole of Cold" in northeastern Siberian Russia has, since the first of July, seen some of its hottest weather on record.
Lying a little north of the Arctic Circle, Verkhoyansk, which holds the notoriety of having reached 90 degrees below zero F, or -68 C, reached beyond the 90-degree F mark on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. What is more, Monday's high of 96 F, or 35.3 C, was the highest temperature here for at least 17 years.
Highest on record in Verkhoyansk is 99 F, or 37.3 C, thereby giving this remarkable site an absolute historic temperature range or 189 F, or 105 C.
The storm responsible for the wind, cold, rain and snow in the Northeast Friday and Saturday will slowly ease up for the balance of the holiday weekend.
A few days after a chilly storm departs the Northeast, warm weather will make a strong comeback in parts of the Midwest and the East later next week.
During Sunday's race, the skies will be variably cloudy with the risk of a few showers.
"This pup was literally singing when he saw his family," Michelle Karolicki, relocation program manager of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, said about a reunion that took place on Thursday.
Another plunge of chilly air will set the stage for the risk of a frost and freeze centered Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and other nearby states this weekend.
Downpours and locally severe thunderstorms over the Central states will not only foil holiday weekend activities, but will also put some lives at risk.
Erie, PA (1991)
One-half inch of rain fell in only 5 minutes.
A tornado of long duration was observed for 7 hours and 20 minutes and was said to extend 293 miles. The storm struck Mattoon and Charleston, killing 70 people.
New England (1967)
(25th-26th) Coastal New England battered by a great Nor'easter. Winds mounted to 70-80 mph on the coast. Blue Hill had sustained winds of 60 mph and Logan had sustained winds of 50 mph. Lowest pressure of 29.30" was measured over the ocean; 5-10" of snow fell in the Berkshires with considerable damage to the tobacco crop in the Connecticut River Valley. Temperature dropped to 31 degrees at Pittsfield on the 30th for a remarkable end of May freeze.