With temperatures breaking records across the nation and in British Columbia, the United States is experiencing two drastically different temperature swings this week.
While scorching heat blasts the West, a fall-like chill is gripping the Midwest.
"It is not unusual when one part of the continent is unusually cool, that another part is unusually warm," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. "This has to do with the jet stream taking on a see-saw look in an attempt to balance out extremes."
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Summer warmth vanished from the United Kingdom since the middle of the month and is not expected to return anytime soon.
A rare storm for late July will deliver drenching rain and miserable conditions to a large part of the mid-Atlantic and southern coast of New England to end the week.
More than 4,000 firefighters are trying to contain multiple fires across southern France.
While the north-central United States will get a break from storms in some locations and heat in others late this week, the pattern will resume as July ends and August begins.
Tropical storm Nesat is currently to the east of the Philippines and will bring dangerous impacts to Luzon and Taiwan this week.
As thunderstorms begin to diminish away from the Four Corners states, a resurgence of heat will arrive in the balance of the western United States by the weekend.
Although the warmer months are popular for training, scorching summer temperatures can quickly mean serious trouble for athletes.