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The scorching heat week is set to break records on Thursday with triple-digit temperatures in Florida and the Gulf Coast

It’s been a week of scorching, record-breaking heat across much of the country, and it’s not over yet.

Minneapolis soared to 101 degrees on Monday, its first 100-degree day since 2018. On Tuesday, it was Milwaukee’s turn to experience the first triple-digit temperatures in a decade.

Mid-week, the heat dome responsible for the high temperatures moved south and east, causing at least nine states east of the Mississippi River to record temperatures at or above 100 degrees Wednesday.

On Thursday, 30 million people are expected to experience highs above 100 and 127 million above 90, with the hottest temperatures expected on the Gulf Coast and northern Florida.

This is where daily records will be broken as cities like Pensacola, Jacksonville and Tallahassee are expected to hit the 100 degree mark for the first time since 2019.

In fact, the predicted high of 104 degrees in Tallahassee will flirt with its historic high of 105 degrees.

These hot temperatures, combined with high humidity, will lead to dangerous heat index values. For cities like New Orleans, Pensacola, Jacksonville and Tampa, it will be more like 105-110, and potentially as high as 112-115.

The strong heat is expected to continue across the central plains and south through the weekend, before cooling off early next week.

Even with slightly cooler temperatures on the horizon, the damage has been done with widespread heat spells over the past few weeks.

San Antonio and Houston are having their hottest June on record yet, with New Orleans, Pensacola, Tampa and Phoenix amid the three hottest Junes yet.

This dazzling start to the summer is not good news with the majority of the season still to come. Historically, the hottest days of summer occur in July and August for the majority of the country.

Climate change causes heat waves to be more intense, more frequent, start earlier in the hot season and last longer. Climate research reveals that nighttime temperatures, compared to daytime temperatures, are boosted even more by warming temperatures.


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