Temperatures will be on the rise this week in Los Angeles, approaching near-record levels around midweek.
The heat will crank up on Tuesday with temperatures forecast near 90 degrees, well above the normal high of 74.
Wednesday and Thursday will likely turn out to be the hottest days so far this year with temperatures in Los Angeles expected to reach the middle 90s both days.
This would set a new record high temperature on Thursday, breaking the old record of 89 degrees set in 1929.
Dry weather will accompany this heat with no precipitation expected through at least this weekend; possibly longer.
As July draws to a close, a storm system swinging up from the Deep South will bring downpours that will break the back of the heat wave in much of the northeastern United States.
Heavy downpours will raise the concern for flash flooding along the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley through midweek.
A stifling heat wave will remain entrenched across the Northeast much of this week, despite a brief reprieve in humidity for some.
Dangerous heat will surge northward and send temperatures rising across the northwestern United States this week.
Severe thunderstorms rumbled through the Northeast on Monday, lashing the region with damaging winds while also unleashing heavy downpours that triggered flash flooding.
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