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Record Heat Scorches Plains, Moves East

From Washington, D.C. to Cleveland, Ohio to Houston, Texas, a slew of record highs were shattered across the United States on Monday, with the heat set to push further east in the coming days.

A late taste of summer encompassed much of the country on Monday, with record highs set in several major metro areas, including one all-time monthly record. Dodge City, Kansas soared to an incredible 101° on Monday, the city’s all-tine warmest temperature ever recorded in the month of October.

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Other cities either tying or breaking records included Washington (Dulles Airport – 84°), Kansas City, Missouri, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Houston and Wichita, Kansas. Amarillo, Texas set a record high of 96° on Monday, their third straight day of record heat. Temperatures soared into the 90s as far north as Iowa and Nebraska.

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A large ridge of high pressure is responsible for the high heat, drawing in warm, even humid air from the south and advecting it all the way to the U.S.-Canadian border. The warmth will slowly move east along with the area of high pressure, bringing the potential for more records along the I-95 corridor of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. New York City, Washington D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia will all be basking in temperatures rising well into the 80s, and in Atlanta’s case, perhaps close to 90° by Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the unseasonably warm temperatures across the country.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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