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Building Heat Wave in Rio de Janeiro

An extended stretch of extreme heat started to take hold on Brazil's second largest city. AccuWeather RealFeel temperatures soared to nearly 110 degrees Friday.

"It's not the heat, it's the humidity" That is a quote heard many times a summer in the U.S. But, it is also holding true across Rio. The dew point temperatures will be in the middle to upper 70s for the foreseeable future.

A ridge of high pressure will be centered right over the city for the next week. This will send daily temperatures soaring into the 90s. But, overnight lows will be very uncomfortable. Several nights over the next week will not see temperatures reach below 80.

Hot weather affected Brazil earlier this month. Strong thunderstorms brought a temporary end to the heat last week. Lightning associated with these storms struck the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

This go around, it will be a while before any thunderstorms affect Rio. The high pressure ridge is expected to keep the stormy weather further south. Unfortunately Lightning associated with these storms struck the iconic Christ the Redeemer statuethunderstorms have been frequent from southern Brazil into northern Argentina

These same places will remain stormy in the coming days.