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Big Heat Set to Torch Much of U.S. This Week

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Record high temperatures and widespread above average heat will dominate much of the country for the week ahead.

Unusually warm mid-summer temperatures are set to sizzle areas from the Southwest to New England as a large, warm area of high pressure settles in and bakes the country in widespread 90s and even 100-degree-plus temperatures.

The warmest conditions are expected across the nation’s heartland (see map), where temperatures will soar well into the 90s in areas like Minneapolis, Minnesota; Chicago, Illinois and Des Moines, Iowa. Some spots will flirt with records, although exact temperatures will be determined closer to the peak of the heat, which for most is expected to be mid-to-late week and perhaps early next weekend.

Not only will the mercury be on the rise, for many locations increased humidity levels will make the already hot temperatures feel even warmer. Heat index values, or the apparent temperature on your skin, will be climbing well over 100° across much of the eastern two-thirds of the country as hot, humid air soars out of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

Frequent outdoor breaks, wearing light-colored clothing and drinking plenty of water are among some of the essentials in staying safe in excessive heat.

Temperatures will gradually return closer to seasonable levels by this upcoming weekend and early next week.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Map: Climate Prediction Center (CPC)

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