Scorching heat will remain in place across much of the southern Plains and Texas through the rest of the week and into the weekend.
High pressure that originated in the West last week has allowed the heat to build and the sun to shine across the region. Areas in Kansas, including Wichita, and parts of Oklahoma have had consecutive days of above-average temperatures.
Wichita recorded a high of 107 degrees on Tuesday, which is 15 degrees above the normal high for the day. High temperatures have been at least 8 degrees above normal in the city since Monday.
This heat is forecast to slide southward into southern Oklahoma and Texas through the end of the week.
Records will be tested in some locations. Oklahoma City will come close to its record high of 105 on Wednesday, which was set in 2011.
People in Dallas to Houston will see temperatures rise. Dallas will likely eclipse the 100-degree mark over the next couple of days while Houston will come close to triple-digit readings.
In addition to the heat, dry conditions are forecast to remain over much of the region as well. Other than a widely-separated thunderstorm in Oklahoma and Texas, most places, most of the time remain rain-free into the weekend.
Drought conditions are again building over portions of Texas and the southern Plains, after a reversal during the spring in eastern areas.
Temperatures are expected to cool slightly as the new week approaches with highs back down around normal.
Story written by Meteorologist Jordan Root
Tropical Depression Two has formed in the Atlantic and could become the next tropical storm of the season by midweek.
Warm and humid air in place over much of the Midwest and Northeast at midweek will contribute to the risk of drenching, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
Severe storms will fire up Tuesday afternoon and evening, threatening outdoor activities and travel for many.
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Unseasonable warmth is expected to continue from the United Kingdom through northern Europe and Scandinavia into the weekend.
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