Brutal Heat Wave to Scorch South Through Holiday Weekend
There are chances of strong thunderstorms, possible tornadoes
An oppressive heat wave settled over a wide swath of the U.S. South on Thursday, bringing record-breaking temperatures that topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) in many spots and creating dangerously hot conditions from Texas to Florida.
At midday, more than 35 million people in southern Texas, Louisiana and Florida were under excessive heat warnings, watches and advisories extending through the three-day Juneteenth weekend, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.
"It wouldn't be an active summer weather pattern without oppressive heat and much of Texas and the Deep South will have plenty heading into the beginning of the holiday weekend," the service said in its forecast, which included the chance of strong thunderstorms and possible tornadoes for the region.
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