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Record heat continues in the U.S. West. Once again, record heat was recorded near the front range of the Rockies. 

Denver recorded a record High on Sunday of 102 degrees F, as did Sidney, NE and North Platte, NE. Record Highs in the mid 90s were recorded at Cheyenne and Rawlins, WY. 

The hottest temperatures were recorded in western KS, Russell, KS recorded a record 110 F on Sunday PM, and Hill City, KS was 114 F! Over the weekend, scattered showers moved eastward across IA into western IL. Most recording stations received less than 0.25" of rain but there were isolated pockets of heavier rainfall amounts in south central IA and east central IA and some western areas of IL. Still, most areas across the Corn Belt continue to report much less-than-normal rainfall. 

For the next day or two, a cold front and Canadian high pressure will push south across much of the Corn Belt states bringing pleasant mid-summer temperatures, low humidity, and fresh east or northeast breezes. 

By mid week, a front will move northward quickly, bringing heat back to Midwest across the Corn Belt on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Highs could reach the 90s to near 100 in parts of IA and IL, especially in the most parched areas. This returning frontal boundary could help to set off some rainstorms, particularly this next Friday in a west to east band from IA to IL and IN. Good rainfall amounts are most likely going to be scattered. 

The extended forecast continues to call for above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation for much of the Midwest. Excessive heat could be centered over parts of MO, TTN and AR during that time period.

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