Scorcher: Record Heat Wave Hits 15 U.S. States

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Watch out, America — a dangerous heat wave is coming your way.

According to CNN, fifteen states in the Midwest, the Plains, and the Southeast are under heat advisories, which means temperatures are predicted to rise above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat index, how hot it actually feels, is expected to be between 110 and 115 degrees.

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How does this happen? High pressure over the Plains region keeps a stable weather pattern, allowing heat to build, and preventing thunderstorms from providing much needed relief. The advisories and warnings will remain in effect until at least Tuesday. Until then, people should dress cool, drink plenty of fluids, and of course, hit the nearest pool.

The states under the heat advisory are: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

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