AFTER FLOODS, FIRESTORMS AND TORNADOES NOW DROUGHT SWEEPS ACROSS AMERICA: MORE THAN HALF THE US. DEVASTATED IN HEATWAVE AS 3,000 TEMPERATURE RECORDS SMASHED IN PAST WEEK
Daily Mail Reporter and Reuters Reporter
- More than 3,000 records broken in one week - and even more are underway
- Drought conditions present in 56 per cent of the country
- Farmers struggling to maintain crops as fields battered by dry conditions
An astonishing 3,000 temperature records have been shattered across the U.S. over the past week as scorching heat and severe weather grips the nation.
The records, which were broken between June 28 and July 4, include 2,253 high and 936 low temperatures for the time period, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported.
Among the cities affected, St. Louis, Missouri has seen the mercury soar past 100 degrees for eight days in a row - its second longest streak of 100-degree temperatures since 1936.
The staggering statistics come after severe weather battered the country - including devastating fires plaguing Colorado, tornadoes ravaging Washington D.C., and storms wiping out electricity for thousands on the east coast.
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