According to the FOX Forecast Center, an area of high pressure that had been centered over the Southwest and south-central U.S. is shifting eastward as we get into the middle of the week, allowing temperatures in the Desert Southwest to finally ease and return to normal. The dangerous area is shrinking, but Texas and Louisiana could still break heat records on Tuesday.
Heat alerts remain across the South, Southern Plains
Heat alerts remain in effect for nearly 50 million Americans across the southern Plains and the South as forecast high and "feels-like" temperatures reach the triple digits through Tuesday.
Heat alerts are in effect for Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas through Tuesday.
We've started the new workweek, but there’s nothing new about the temperatures in the South. Heat and humidity will make it feel extremely uncomfortable, with over 41 million people expecting high temperatures above 100 degrees across Texas and into portions of Oklahoma and along the Gulf Coast on Tuesday.
There is no relief for the same areas on Wednesday.
Cold front ushered in severe weather, cool temperatures in the Northeast
Tens of millions of people in the Northeast and New England are enjoying some much-needed relief from the heat and humidity.
A cold front swept across the region on Saturday, leading to powerful storms from New England to the mid-Atlantic.
Cooler air brought violent storms
Severe thunderstorms packing wind gusts up to 80 mph were reported in the Washington D.C. area Saturday, and power was knocked out to more than 250,000 utility customers across the region.
Some injuries were also reported, and authorities in Virginia are investigating the death of a person in Prince William County after a tree fell onto a home. Police said in a Facebook post that the death is "possibly related to storms."