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Here's where heat will be most intense in the U.S. this week

The hottest conditions are shifting west to the central and southern Plains as well as the Deep South.

Heat alerts are in effect Monday for about 60 million people in the Lower 48, with all but about 5 million of them in the central part of the country. A swath of the United States from the Gulf Coast across much of the Plains and Midwest and up to southern South Dakota and Minnesota is forecast to see heat indexes - a combination of how heat and humidity feel - reaching 105 or higher Monday afternoon.

While the heat will make it less far north in coming days, much of the same region will endure daily punishment through the workweek. In much of the Northeast, a cold front pushing off the East Coast is delivering a respite after numerous record highs were set late last week through the weekend. For areas like the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic, any breaks are probably short and intermixed with heat.

All signs favor a very hot start to July - including the possibility of a heat dome resurgence for the East Coast at the start of the month.


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