From New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas and Phoenix, July has been a month of blistering heat and relentless drought across much of the county. Now that the month is over, what do the numbers reveal?
Preliminarily, 4,313 record high temperatures were reached across the country for the month of July, according to NOAA and the National Climatic Data Center.
Two hundred ninety-nine of these record highs were the warmest temperatures ever observed for the entire month and an incredible 171 records were the all-time highest temperatures ever observed.
Temperatures during the night were also among the highest ever observed, with a sweaty 3,545 record warmest nights over the course of the month.
According to Meteorologist and Climatologist Jim Rourke, "It was the hottest July on record in St. Louis, Denver and Indianapolis."
The record is based on an average of high and low temperatures throughout the month.
"In St. Louis, July averaged 88.0 degrees breaking the old record of 87.4 degrees set in 1901," Rourke said.
Meanwhile, temperature records set during the blistering Dust Bowl Era were broken.
"In Denver, this July averaged 78.9 degrees breaking the old record of 77.8 degrees set in 1934. Indianapolis averaged 84.0 degrees, breaking their old record of 82.8 degrees set in 1936," Rourke added.
Spotty rainfall and the associated lower temperatures during the last week or so of the month kept the cities of Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. from setting an all-time record warm July in 2012.
Records in many of these cities date back to the early 1900s or late 1800s.
The reason for this incredible heat has been the location of the jet stream, a thin river of air miles high that guides the path of potential storms.
Unusually strong high pressure developed over much of the central part of the nation, an area where crops have been withering for months.
This high pressure pushed the jet stream much farther north than usual, and there was virtually no chance of rain.
Additionally, since there was no rain and less moisture for the sun's energy to evaporate, most of the power went into heating the ground, and the result was weeks of searing heat.
The first few days of August look to be no different across the nation's Heartland.
Temperatures on Wednesday will poke above 110 degrees from Oklahoma City to Wichita, and many more records are likely to fall by the end of the week.
Stay with us here at AccuWeather.com for all the latest on the extreme heat. Keep checking back as more incredible numbers on this record hot July come in today.
Some cooler weather is in store for Chicago this week as thunderstorms roll into the area around late week.
A dangerous multiple-day severe weather outbreak will begin this weekend over the South Central states and will include the potential for nighttime tornadoes in parts of Texas and Kansas.
A large storm will form over the eastern half of the nation next week and will bring a swath of unsettled conditions for days.
Stormy weather will continue in the Dallas area through Thursday morning, but conditions will improve on Friday.
A slow-moving low pressure system will make residents of the Northwest reach for their raincoats and umbrellas each day through the remainder of the week.
Surviving a flight in the wheel well of a commercial aircraft is possible, but highly unlikely due to subzero temperatures and thinner air than what is found at the peak of Mount Everest.
Mauna Kea & Mauna Lea, HI (1995)
6" of snow above 13,500 feet.
Mississippi & Alabama (1908)
Tornado swarm: 155 killed in Mississippi; 37 perish in Alabama.
Helena, MT (1960)
19.4" of snow; up to 30" in higher elevations.