(NEW YORK) — Record-high temperatures have put autumn weather on hold for parts of the U.S., and forecasters predict the unusual October heat will continue through the middle of this week, possibly breaking records in the South, the Plains and the Northeast.
High temperatures either equaled or broke records in nearly a dozen locations around the U.S. Sunday, with temperatures in some areas reaching close to 100 degrees.
The thermometer in Dodge City, Kansas, hit 99 degrees Sunday, tying the city’s previous record. Temperatures in Garden City, Kansas, reached 98 degrees, also matching a previous record. Meanwhile, Amarillo, Texas, recorded a high of 98 degrees, smashing an old record of 91 degrees.
In the Northeast, the return of summer is bringing high temperatures reaching up to the mid-80s.
The fall heat comes after a sweltering summer that smashed temperature records around the globe. In July, NASA released midyear data that revealed 2016 was on track to be the hottest year since the agency’s record-keeping began in 1880.
NASA has since announced that August tied with July of this year for the warmest month ever recorded.
The current high temperatures are expected to break with much cooler air moving into the Midwest by Wednesday and into the Northeast by the weekend.
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