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Searing heat will roast the southern tier of the nation Wednesday, while more showers and a few thunderstorms will pelt the north-central U.S.

East: Heat and humidity will rule in the eastern U.S. Wednesday as temperatures rocket into the 90s. Some afternoon thunderstorms are likely in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic while a few afternoon storms will also rock Florida.

Central states: More severe thunderstorms will wallop the Plains and Midwest Wednesday, with the worst of the storms expected in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

West: The West Coast will be warm to hot. A few thunderstorms are possible in the northern Rockies.

Weather history for June 18: In 1970, hail accumulated to 7 inches in Oberlin, Kan., causing $5 million in damage. In 1994, the temperature hit a record high of 97 degrees in Burlington, Vt.

In 1999, the temperature dropped to a record low of 45 degrees in Chicago. In 2012, a record high temperature of 105 degrees was set in Sidney, Neb.



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