Record high temps possible during weekend heat wave

Record high temps possible during weekend heat wave
National Weather Service
The National Weather Service predicts potential record-high temperatures for a significant portion of the Midwest region of the U.S. as July begins.

A heat wave could bring record high temperatures from the Midwest to the Northeast by this weekend.

The Weather Channel reported that a strong upper-level ridge of high pressure, bringing hot and humid air, will move into the Plains, Midwest and East.

Several days of above 90s temperatures are likely through the weekend and into early next week. Excessive heat warnings have been issued in parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Those warnings include the cities of Kansas City, St. Louis, Little Rock, Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

The heat index — or feels-like temperature — is expected to exceed 105 degrees. Overnight lows may not dip below 75 degrees, which could lead to heat stress and other health problems. Excessive heat watches have been issued for parts of Michigan, including Detroit. That means heat-related illnesses are possible for those spending a lot of time outdoors, as well as those more vulnerable, such as children and the elderly.

The National Weather Service has posted heat advisories for a significant portion of the central and southern U.S. from Wisconsin and Minnesota to Louisiana. The weather service said an increased risk of heat-related stress is also possible in New York and Vermont.

In addition to the heat, the weather service said severe thunderstorms and flash flooding are possible from the Upper Mississippi Valley to the Central Plains.

The heat will create an elevated to critical fire risk across the Four Corners region of the country. Red flag warnings are in effect across southern Utah and western Colorado.