More than half of the counties in the U.S. have now been labeled "natural disaster areas" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as of Wednesday.
The USDA added 218 more counties in 12 states to the list, due to "damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat," a USDA report reads.
"The core of the heat has been settling southward over the Plains in recent days," Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
"While conditions may improve slightly in the coming weeks over the central Plains, they could get worse for a time in the southern Plains and interior Texas, as far as grazing lands are concerned."
Pledging a commitment to helping America's farmers and ranchers, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced two new pieces of disaster assistance for the farmers and ranchers affected.
Vilsack, partnered with President Obama, has expanded emergency haying and grazing on approximately 3.8 million acres of conservation land to bring relief to livestock producers that are experiencing hay and pastureland shortages.
Additionally, he announced that crop insurance companies will now provide a 30-day grace period for farmers on insurance premiums in 2012, preventing incurring interest due to unpaid premiums.
"President Obama and I will continue to take swift action to get help to America's farmers and ranchers through this difficult time," said Vilsack.
The assistance seeks to support U.S. livestock producers "dealing with climbing feed prices, critical shortages of hay and deteriorating pasturelands."
A full list of the counties now designated as disaster areas can be found here.
An end to the dreary and cool weather around Harrisburg will come later this week.
Summer heat to set the stage for thunderstorms from England to France and Germany on Friday and Saturday.
Following a southward push of cool, dry air at midweek, clouds, showers and higher humidity will return to the Northeast.
Even though the tremendous rains have come and gone, flooding will continue on the major rivers in the South Central states for the next couple of weeks.
Another round of storms will fire across the central Plains at midweek with the chance for isolated tornadoes.
An end to the April-like cool and dreary weather putting umbrellas and jackets to use around Philadelphia will come later this week.
Heavy, flooding rains. Milton received 15.57 inches while Crest view was deluged by 11.44 inches.
Dulles Airport, Washington, D.C. (1991)
4.25 inches of rain -- normal for all of June is 4.23 inches.
Great Comanche Tornado commenced near Cedar Rapids, IA, and ended over Lake Michigan; 175 killed, destroyed Comanche village on Mississippi River.