Dangerous heat continues to grip much of the nation, including the central Plains, Midwest, South and mid-Atlantic with more than a thousand records tied or set so far this week.
Temperatures will soar well into the 90s and past the century mark across these regions, while severe thunderstorms fire along the northern rim of heat.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are threats that people should take caution against by staying indoors in the air conditioning as much as possible and drinking plenty of water. Children and pets should never be left inside a car, for any amount of time in this heat.
The heat will not only take a toll on people and pets, but also some roads have already been buckling.
Underneath the area of high pressure promoting the heat, the air will become stagnant across much of the country. Poor air quality will cause concerns for the elderly and people with respiratory problems.
St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago and Nashville still lie in the heart of the dangerous heat wave this week, as the heat challenges long-standing record highs. With high humidity factored in for cities like Kansas City and St. Louis, AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will soar to very dangerous levels of 110-115 degrees.
Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit are among the cities that tied or set new record highs on July Fourth, soaring above 100 degrees.
The mercury has soared to 100-degrees or higher for seven days in a row in St. Louis through July Fourth. If it hits 100 degrees through Friday, as expected, then it will be the second longest streak of 100-degree temperatures since 1936.
Highs are forecast to soar into the 90s in Detroit into the weekend. If the city manages to hit 90 degrees and higher through Saturday, as forecast, then the city will fall one day short of the longest streak of 90-degree temperatures ever recorded. The longest stretch of consecutive days at 90 degrees or higher for Detroit was 11 days set back in 1953.
Meanwhile, highs will continue to ramp up farther east across the mid-Atlantic through the rest of the week.
Philadelphia climbed back into the mid-90s on Independence Day with the renewed heat surge. Higher humidity will continue to make it feel more like 100 degrees during the afternoon through the end of the week.
No end of the heat is in sight for Washington, D.C., with highs expected to reach in the mid-90s straight through the rest of the week and weekend. Again, it will feel more like 100 degrees. At night, lows should be in the 70s, but high humidity will not allow for much relief from the brutal daytime heat.
The nation's capital has already recorded seven days in a row with a high of 90 degrees or higher through Wednesday. The peak of the current heat was a high of 104 degrees on Saturday.
Thousands of customers have no power or air conditioning from Indiana to Virginia, following last week's storms.
Dangerous Heat Persists
A tropical threat from the Atlantic on the United States and Caribbean islands may increase into next week.
As temperatures rise through the weekend in the South, so will the risk for heat-related dangers.
United States residents may pay higher heating costs this fall as colder air is expected to grip the Rockies and Plains at times and some quick-hitting chilly shots may impact the Northeast.
Rescue efforts are underway in Hiroshima, Japan, after several landslides buried people and caused severe damage on Wednesday morning, local time.
Several rounds of thunderstorms are on tap for the Minneapolis area over the next few days.
Monsoonal moisture from the tropics slammed the Phoenix area and other parts of the Southwest with heavy rainfall, causing flooding in the region.
Tyler, MN (1918)
A tornado killed 36 people and destroyed most of the business section of town resulting in a million dollars damage.
West Virginia (1980)
Third consecutive day of heavy rains and flooding. Webster Springs had 3.65 inches and then 8.5 inches of rain in last 3 days has fallen there. Roads in central WV were closed by high water and mud slides. Near Ripley, north of Charleston, numerous houses, trailers and a store were washed away. The people of Allensfork were evacuated. At Spencer, as much as 4 inches of rain fell and Charleston had 60-mph winds.
Fayetteville, NC (1983)
110 degrees, all-time high for the state.