More than 40 states will record highs in the 90s or higher this week as the massive heat wave baking the Plains expands its grip across the United States.
It is not unusual for temperatures this time of year to rise to or above 90 degrees in 23 of the 48 contiguous United States.
However, the magnitude of the heat wave is clearly evident with more than 40 states set to record a 90-degree temperature reading or greater on at least one day of this week. AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Bill Deger adds that several record highs are in jeopardy.
Monday is when the United States may see the greatest coverage of 90-degree temperatures as the dome of heat stretches from the Northwest's interior to the mid-Atlantic and southern New England.
The worst of the heat wave through at least Wednesday will focus on the nation's midsection.
The Plains will register triple-digit highs on a daily basis from Sunday to Wednesday. Temperatures will flirt with the century mark throughout the middle and upper Mississippi Valleys, which includes Minneapolis and St. Louis.
High humidity from the eastern Plains eastward will worsen the situation by causing AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures to soar between 105 and 110 degrees.
RealFeels will even reach the 115-degree mark in some cases, such as in Omaha, Neb., and Kansas City, Mo.
Heat and humidity will also build Sunday into Monday across the Great Lakes and Northeast, setting the stage for severe thunderstorms.
However, the worst of the heat will likely come later in the week as the center of heat wave shifts eastward.
Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., could approach 100 degrees with temperatures feeling dangerously hotter due to high humidity.
"Unfortunately, each year people lose their lives in severe heat waves such as this," states Deger.
Deger continued, "It is imperative that individuals engaging in outdoor activities stay well hydrated and take frequent breaks."
The combination of moisture from Erika and a non-tropical system will drench areas from Florida to the Georgia coast through the middle of the week.
A rapid shutdown of tropical activity and an end to hurricane season in early September is not likely this year, despite a strong El Nino.
Typhoons and building drought will impact more than one billion people in southeastern Asia this fall.
The vast majority of the time through the Labor Day weekend will feature sunshine with unseasonably warm afternoons around New York City.
Fall will make an early debut across the Northwest as October-like chill spreads across the region for the first week of September.
The calendar may be flipping to September but summer is not going anywhere just yet across the Northeast.
Milwaukee, WI (1988)
Hottest summer on record. Six days of 100 degrees or greater and 36 days of 90 or above. Average temperature of 73.8 beat the old record of 72.8 set in 1921 and 1955. The normal average tempera- ture for a summer in Milwaukee is 68.3 degrees.
Washington Co., IA (1897)
Hail fell and drifted in piles 6 feet deep in Washington County.
Yuma, AZ (1950)
123 degrees - hottest temperature ever in Yuma. Yuma is the hottest city in the U.S.