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Dallas, Oklahoma City and Little Rock to Continue to Swelter

The intense heat over the Plains states could come to an end for some areas but not all.

A strong dome of high pressure has dominated across the central U.S. over the recent days. Daytime highs have ranged from the upper 80s F in portions of the northern Plains to around 100 F in areas of the southern Plains and Texas.

The southern Plains does not look to have much of a break from the heat. Temperatures will still likely soar into the upper 90s F to around 100 F. AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures are expected to be over 110 F in many locations throughout the region.

While this is typically a hot time of the year for the mid-continental region of the nation, temperatures in many areas have been and will continue to run several degrees above average.

Temperatures in Dallas have flirted with the century mark on multiple days during the past couple of week. However, as of July 24, the temperature has peaked at 99 F for the year so far.

Due to the ongoing oppressive heat throughout the area, make sure to drink plenty of water, limit strenuous outdoor activities and never leave children or pets in your car unattended.

Temporary relief is in store for the northern Plains, as a storm system is predicted to bring thunderstorms and cooler temperatures to the region. The center of high pressure will also shift westward over the Four Corners region, which will also help contribute to the relief from the heat.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Ben Noll, "In the longer range, upper-level ridging will station over the Four Corners region, thus heat across the Plains will not be as intense as it was in mid-July."

Storms will continue to fire up along the northern edge of the dome of high pressure throughout the northern Plains, this is commonly referred to as the "Ring of Fire."

Story by Eric Drewitz, AccuWeather Staff Writer/Meteorologist