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Lauren Rhyner, 1, dumps a bucket of water on her 4-year-old brother Jackson Rhyner's head while the family cools off on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, on Tybee Island, Ga. / Stephen B. Morton, AP

The worst heat wave of the summer continues to scorch much of the central and southern U.S. this week, with high temperatures topping 100 degrees from Texas to Kansas.

Heat index values, which factor in the humidity, are as high as 110 degrees Monday, the National Weather Service warns. Tuesday should be equally dreadful.

The weather service has posted heat advisories and excessive heat warnings across the region through Tuesday. The entire state of Missouri, along with much of Illinois and Arkansas, is under a heat advisory.

St. Louis has seen high temperatures above 95 degrees for four straight days, the weather service reported. Since Friday, several people have fallen victim to the dangerous heat: In St. Louis County at least 26 people have been treated, four of those hospitalized.

In St. Louis city, eight people have suffered a heat-related illness and four have been admitted to local hospitals.

"Feels like summer, we've been spoiled," golfer Mike McKee said Sunday in St. Louis, speaking about the relatively cool summer before this heat wave.

Monday will likely be Chicago's hottest day of the summer.

The heat should also pay a brief visit to the Northeast by midweek. High temperatures will reach well into the 80s across New England and the central Appalachians, and can reach near the 90-degree mark along the Interstate 95 corridor during the middle of this week, reports AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Temperatures in this range are between 5 and 10 degrees above average for late August.

Contributing: Elizabeth Matthews, KSDK-TV, St. Louis



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