The extreme heat across the regions may lead to health issues that can turn dangerous if left untreated. Those most sensitive to the heat should take the proper precautions to stay protected from the sweltering heat and sizzling sunshine.
Records will also be challenged on several occasions as the mercury climbs towards the triple digits.
The extreme heat is expected to ease across Kansas and Nebraska for Sunday while continuing from Texas through Georgia.
Temperatures are forecast to soar into the 90s across this area Sunday with some locations topping out above the 100-degree mark.
Factors such as humidity and the amount of sunshine will make it feel even hotter with AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures climbing as high as 110 F in parts of the Plains during the afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina due to the expected intensity of the heat.
The morning hours may be the best time to fit in that outside exercise or accomplish outdoor work before the heat turns up during the afternoon.
Drinking plenty of water, avoiding strenuous activities and spending time in air conditioned areas are a few simple ways to beat the heat.
After focusing on the Plains and Southeast during the weekend, the heat is expected to shift over the West for the upcoming week.
Temperatures will range from the lower 90s to lower 100s across much of the interior West on Monday with similar conditions continuing through at least Wednesday.
While temperatures will rise quickly outside, they will rise even faster inside vehicles under the sizzling sunshine.
You should never leave children or animals unattended in a vehicle, even if you leave the window cracked.
A 10-month-old girl died after being left in a hot car in Wichita, Kansas, on Thursday night taking the total number of hot car related deaths to 18 so far in 2014 according to Jan Null, CCM at San Francisco State University.
Although much of the West will remain dry though Wednesday, spotty afternoon thunderstorms are forecast to develop each afternoon.
Given how dry it has been across the region over the past several weeks, lightning strikes from these thunderstorms may provide the spark for wildfires to ignite.
"The expanding drought across the southern and western parts of the United States this summer will continue to fuel wildfires." said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Courtney Spamer.
Over a dozen wildfires continue to rage across the West following the recent heat wave.
The Buzzard Complex is one of the largest wildfires burning in the region, spanning over 395,000 acres.
The wildfire, which was ignited by a lightning strike on July 14, is now 95% contained according to InciWeb.
"Without storm systems to moisten the ground, the dry grass and timber will continue to be easy tinder for wildfires." said Spamer.
A cooldown with clouds, showers and thunderstorms is in store for Southern California and much of the Southwest following recent heat and sunshine.
A dominant storm track featuring storms moving west to east across Europe will result in a stark contrast between cold air building across Scandinavia and milder air masses entrenched near the Mediterranean.
After waves of cool air progress through the Midwest and Northeast this week, some areas will be cold enough for the first snow showers of the season by this weekend.
An effort is underway to fill a radar hole in Charlotte, North Carolina, and similarly populated areas in the United States to better detect and protect the public from severe weather.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) interfered with containment efforts in the West on at least 25 occasions in 2015.
Newly formed Tropical Storm Koppu is on track to threaten the Philippines this weekend. Those in Taiwan and Japan should also monitor the storm for potential impacts next week.
East Coast (1846)
Great Hurricane of 1846. Track: Cuba, Key West, FL; GA; Carolinas; Chesapeake Bay; PA - major damage all areas (Similar to Hazel in 1954). Lashed the Delaware River "into a perfect fury and its roar would have drowned out the thunder of the Niagara.
Layton, NJ (1906)
11 degrees - record early season cold snap.
Denver, CO (1982)
Wet snow - 6 inches foothills; slush in city. Power lines down, as well as trees.