An excessive heat warning was issued for nine states on Thursday, one day after temperatures in Colorado and Kansas reached 110 degrees. Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, Ohio and New Jersey rounded out the group looking at record-breaking heat.
The high temperatures and dry conditions have complicated fire-fighting efforts in the west, with crops and livestock wilting in the central plains. Hill City, Kansas hit 115 degrees on Wednesday while the Northeast braced for highs in the upper 90s.
Meteorologists predict little relief in the next two weeks, stating the dangerous heat wave will be affecting people “well into July.”