TULSA, Okla. – Temperatures in the South and the southern Plains climbed back into the 90s and topped 100 degrees in many cities Wednesday, but cooler temperatures brought relief in the Northeast from a heat wave.
Temperatures were forecast to top 100 in parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Nebraska through the end of the week. The temperature in Oklahoma City rose to 107 degrees Wednesday. Norman and several other communities hit 108, according to the National Weather Service. A high of 111 degrees was recorded in McCook, Neb.
The Northeast and Great Lakes got a little relief Wednesday, with midday temperatures only in the upper 70s and low 80s. The cool front arrived with a bang Tuesday, setting off heavy thunderstorms and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of utility customers. Two people were killed.
The same front had earlier caused storm damage in parts of Wisconsin and Michigan.