A shark attack was reported on Wednesday on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, marking the state's seventh attack this year.
In a state plagued by drought, Golden State residents are advised to play it safe with fireworks this Fourth of July.
After a wet June, July will begin with the threat for gusty thunderstorms and flooding downpours centered on the middle Mississippi Valley.
The mercury soared to a whopping 36.7 degrees Celsius on Wednesday at London Heathrow Airport, setting an all-time July record high for the United Kingdom.
The heat wave that started across Spain and Portugal will spread across much of Europe this week with some of the hottest conditions of the year.
July Fourth will be stormy from the central Plains to the mid-Atlantic, while clear skies are in store for much of the Midwest and New England.
Stampede Pass, WA (1979)
A total of 5.8 inches of snow at 3,800 feet. (5.8 inches is a new record snowfall for July; the old record was 5.4 inches.)
Raleigh, NC (1981)
First of six straight days with measurable rain. (A total of 4.60 inches fell over the six-day period.)
Baltimore, MD Airport (1988)
50 degrees -- July record low.