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Central US to sizzle amid unseasonably hot weather through the weekend

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
June 10, 2018, 2:51:55 AM EDT

There will be no rest for heat-weary residents of the south-central United States as July-like temperatures hold into the weekend.

While the region is accustomed to hot weather at this time of year, residents across a large swath of the Plains have been sweltering in unseasonably high temperatures since the beginning of May.

As a broad area of high pressure continues to build over the central U.S., the heat and humidity will expand north and east into the weekend, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jack Boston.

Temperatures around 90 degrees Fahrenheit will again return to the northern Plains this weekend following a brief reprieve from the intense heat at midweek.

Sunday Southern Plains Heat static

“The arrival of the sultry atmosphere will trigger rounds of heavy to severe thunderstorms from the Dakotas to the Mississippi Valley and Midwest into the early part of the week,” Boston said.

The core of the heat into Sunday will focus on the central and southern Plains, where highs well into the 90s F will be common, with parts of West Texas exceeding the century mark.

Residents in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Lubbock, Texas; Dodge City and Wichita, Kansas; Denver; Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; and surrounding communities will be searching for opportunities to head to a swimming pool, stream or lake to cool off on a near-daily basis into the weekend.

The prolonged heat will continue to put a strain on agriculture, keep cooling demands high and be dangerous for anyone outdoors for any length of time during the peak heating of the day.

Weekend outlook 6.8 AM

“People spending prolonged time outdoors should drink plenty of fluids in order to stay hydrated and seek shelter in a cool place if signs of heatstroke or heat exhaustion are present,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott.

Make sure to walk dogs during the early morning or evening hours to avoid burning their paws on hot pavement. This is also the best time to do outdoor projects or exercise.

People are reminded never to leave pets or children in a vehicle, even if the windows are cracked. Use caution when touching doorknobs, hand railings or other metal objects that have been in the sun.

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The intense heat, combined with ongoing drought, will elevate the risk of additional wildfires breaking out.

A major storm forecast to spin ashore over the Northwest and western Canada will kick up a significant amount of wind thousands of miles farther to the south over the region. This could fan ongoing blazes and help flame new ones.

Strong Winds Sunday 3 am static

Crews in New Mexico continue to battle the Ute Park Fire, which has charred tens of thousands of acres.

A push of cooler air, accompanied by the potential for severe weather on its leading edge, may sweep through the northern tier of the central U.S. early next week.

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