It's a good idea to stay inside for the next few days.

Summer officially kicked off just a couple of weeks ago, and we're already about to feel the heat. Meteorologists at AccuWeather say it's going to be extremely hot this week, and some cities could even experience three-digit temperatures.

Those in the plains, specifically those in Wichita, Kansas, and Oklahoma City, could see temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit today. In the south-central Plains, temperatures will reach the mid to upper 90s. The scorching temperatures will reach the northern states by the weekend. At first, it will be a balmy 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which is usual for residents in Minneapolis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas. But, thanks to an area of high pressure, temperatures will soar into the upper 90s by the Fourth of July.

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When it becomes this hot outside, it's imperative to take proper precautions. Make sure you drink plenty of water, stay inside as much as possible, and make sure you don't leave children or pets unattended inside parked cars.

The high temperatures might not be pleasant, but they were expected. After a cold and snowy winter, and a spring with unseasonably chilly temperatures, experts at predict the rest of the summer will continue to be a hot one.

There are a couple of factors that suggest the summer will have steamier weather compared to 2019. The site explains that the country should expect La Niña conditions, an ocean-atmosphere phenomenon, to occur later this year, and temperatures are usually hotter when that happens in the summer. Additionally, it notes that climate models also predict a hotter season this year. "We typically see some record-breaking daily temperatures in heat waves every summer," says Todd Crawford, senior meteorologist from IBM's The Weather Company. "We do not expect the summer as a whole to break records, however."

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Eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, Idaho, central Montana, northwestern Colorado, and northern Utah will have the hottest summer, the site notes. Residents can look forward to the hot weather from June through August. Those in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions will experience warmer than usual temperatures for the majority of the summer, too. The western Plains, the Northwest, the Great Basin will also have above-average temperatures.

We typically see some record-breaking daily temperatures in heat waves every summer.  We do not expect the summer as a whole to break records, however.

The middle of the country, as well as parts of the South, should expect normal conditions in the next few months. If you live in southern California or southern Arizona, where temperatures are pretty warm all year long, you'll see average, or just slightly warmer, temperatures. The eastern Plains, the Midwest, and the Southeast will also have average temperatures.

However, it's not going to be hot for everyone. Individuals in northern New England, including Maine, northern New Hampshire, and northeastern Vermont, will likely have slightly below normal temperatures at the beginning of the summer, then average temperatures for the rest of summer.

Depending on what kind of weather you like, you might be thrilled or bummed about a toasty summer. Regardless, it will definitely be the perfect time to relax outside in your inflatable pool or play outdoor games with the family.


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