Heat an humidity will continue to be the story across the central and southern states as a resilient upper ridge expands over much of the continental U.S.
A huge area of excessive heat warnings and heat advisories have been issued across the midwest where the combination of high temperatures and dew points will bring heat index values into triple digits and make for extremely dangerous conditions.
As the ridge expands eastward over the next few days, NOAA says that most much of the eastern third of the U.S. will see a resurgence of the record-breaking experienced this past weekend.
In addition to the heat, scattered afternoon convection is expected across a moist and unstable air mass in place from the Gulf Coast to the Tennessee Valley.
Fortunately, a cold front slowly pushing through the Great Lakes on Thursday and Friday should drop far enough southeastward to provide portions of the upper Midwest some relief from teh extreme heat by the end of the weekend.
Locally, thousands of vacationers pictured above flocked to the beach on Florida’s Space Coast this Fourth of July weekend to beat the Florida heat that feels like 100 degrees when humidity and lack of wind are factored into the 90 degree temperatures.