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Over 100 record highs likely this week as temperatures soar to summer-like levels

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A volatile week of weather is setting up for the contiguous United States, with extreme temperatures, severe thunderstorms and a widespread fire weather risk all set to affect millions from coast to coast — with more than 100 record highs likely to be set.


To kick off the week, highs as much as 30 to 45 degrees above average will lead to nearly 70 record highs Monday and close to 50 record highs Tuesday.


The warm temperatures will make it feel more like spring across the Plains and Midwest with highs in the 60s and 70s. For the southern Plains, the high temperatures will be more typical of summer with high temperatures forecast to soar into the low 80s to as hot as the mid-90s for parts of Texas.


In addition to the dozens of daily record highs that will be set, some February monthly records may also be tied or broken. Major cities that will likely set record highs in the coming days include Dallas; Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; Minneapolis; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee.