The scorching hot summer of 2012 continues. More record high temperatures will be set this week.
The core of the heat will be centered over the southern Plains. Sure, its an area that is used to hot temperatures this time of year. But, it will be hot even by their standards.
It seems we have been tracking record heat almost each day since the start of summer. Record high temperatures have been set anywhere from the Rockies to the East Coast this summer. Des Moines, Iowa set their first record high in July since the 1950s!
Who will have the hottest temperatures and when? The table below breaks down specific cities and their expected high temperatures this week.
We are forecasting multiple days above 110 degrees in Oklahoma City and Wichita. The all time record high for any day of the year stands at 113 in Oklahoma City and 114 in Wichita. So nearing that temperature is not out of the real of possibility.
If it does in fact reach 110 or higher in Oklahoma City Wednesday through Friday. That would tie the record for most days in a year above 110 degrees. That record was set in 1936, and tied just last year.
Further north in places like Kansas City, Omaha, and Des Moines, the heat will be tempered somewhat. There will be clusters of thunderstorms that move around the high pressure that will be centered over Oklahoma. The hope is some of these storms bring much needed rain to the major crop areas from the central Plains into the Midwest. But, it will likely not be enough to provide significant drought relief.
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It will feel like the calendar has been turned back to winter instead of moving ahead to May as disruptive snow continues to sweep across the central United States into Monday.
Severe thunderstorms capable of causing property damage and flooding will continue to target communities from the southeastern United States to the Ohio Valley into Sunday night.
The temperature roller coaster ride in the northeastern United States will continue on Monday, setting the stage for severe thunderstorms over a part of the region.
After a dry and mild dry across the country on Sunday, rain and cooler air will return by May Day.
Despite flooding rain from this weekend departing by Monday, rivers across the central United States will continue to rise and threaten homes and residents this week.
While the recent cold snap will be over, bouts of rain will persist and threaten to disrupt outdoor plans across the United Kingdom during the bank holiday.
Dangerous thunderstorms and flash flooding will continue to threaten lives and property across the central United States through Saturday night.
While a storm will douse outdoor plans and lead to flooding on some of the Hawaiian Islands, enough rain may fall to ease drought conditions into the start of May.