Heat wave expands to Northeast with record highs possible

June 29 (UPI) — Excessive heat in the central U.S. is expanding into the Northeast, bringing several days of temperatures above 90 degrees that are expected next week.

From Texas to Wisconsin, heat index values Thursday were well over 100 degrees. Excessive heat warnings have been issued in parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

Denver tied its record-high temperature Thursday, reaching 105 degrees. Over the weekend, record highs are possible in Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and Vermont.

Severe weather on Friday is expected in the Northern Plains — from Rapid City, S.D., to Minneapolis, Minn. — bringing strong winds, large hail and the possibility of brief tornadoes.

Forecasters expect similar severe weather, also including the possibility of flash floods, from Kansas to Michigan on Saturday, when the extreme heat will spread throughout much of the Midwest.

On Sunday, heat index values are expected to exceed 100 degrees from Washington, D.C., to New York, Connecticut and Vermont.