A change in the weather pattern will allow for heat to build over the Plains heading into the new week while thunderstorms frequent the Great Lakes.
This pattern is different from the past week when thunderstorms took a more southerly track, helping to suppress the heat over the Plains.
Temperatures are forecast to slowly rise over the Plains throughout the weekend and into the upcoming week as thunderstorms push into the Great Lakes.
Some of these storms may turn severe, particularly on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night when they can produce damaging winds and localized flooding.
Minneapolis and Saint Cloud, Minnesota; Chicago; Madison, Wisconsin; Cedar Rapids, Iowa, could all experience strong, gusty storms during the first half of the weekend.
People in this area with outdoor plans on Saturday afternoon might want to consider moving them to Sunday if possible when the weather will be more favorable.
While the thunderstorms rumble over the Great Lakes, the mercury will begin to rise over the Plains.
This weekend's heat will be nothing new to residents across the region with temperatures in most areas reaching into the 90s on Saturday and Sunday.
But by Monday, temperatures in the Plains will approach their highest levels so far this year.
The core of the heat is expected to focus on the southern Plains early next week with temperatures climbing above the 100-degree mark from Texas to Nebraska.
While triple-digit temperatures are not uncommon in this part of the country in July, many cities have yet to reach this benchmark this year.
Monday could turn out to be the first 100-degree day of the year for Dallas and Oklahoma City. This is a bit later than normal with the first 100-degree day typically occurring in late June.
The humidity and strong afternoon sunshine can make it feel even hotter with AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures topping out above 110 F in some cases.
Even though temperatures are not expected to smash any records, the heat will still feel oppressive after the cooler-than-normal start to the summer.
People should take the proper precautions to stay protected when outside in the heat. This includes wearing lighter-colored clothing, applying sun screen, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and taking frequent breaks when conducting physical labor.
These are precautions that people should take throughout the rest of the summer as the summer heat shows no signs of breaking down through at least the end of July.