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Weekly Wrap-Up: Heat Scorches US as July Concludes; Deadly Flooding Strikes India, Pakistan

Stifling heat and humidity remained in control over the much of the United States during the last week of July.

A large dome of high pressure locked in steamy conditions for the southern Plains, AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root said. Dallas, Texas, reached 100 F for the first time this summer on Sunday, and temperatures remained near or above the century mark through much of the week.

Dangerous heat surged into the Northeast, bringing AccuWeather ReelFeel® Temperatures to 100 F or higher in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Hartford, Connecticut, and New York City on Wednesday. New York City's Central Park had its hottest day of the year so far on Wednesday with a high of 96 F.

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Meanwhile, record-challenging heat returned to the Pacific Northwest. On Thursday, Seattle hit 90 F or higher for the 10th day this year, breaking the record for most 90 degree days or higher, previously established in 1958.

As a result of heavy rain, flash flooding occurred in Indiana on Sunday. Indianapolis reported 1.25 inches of rain, and with that amount of rainfall, July 2015 became the wettest month on record for the city. The 13.14 inches of rain observed in the city surpassed the previous total of 13.12 inches set in 1875.

While other areas of the county sizzled this week, snowfall was reported around 8,000 feet in elevation along the Bitterroot Mountain Range in Montana.

Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer crossed the border into the Canadian Prairies in search of severe weather. Tracking storms in his Dominator storm-tracking vehicle, Timmer captured footage of a huge wedge tornado in southwestern Manitoba on Monday evening.

Tropical and monsoonal rain increased across India and southeastern Pakistan early this week, setting new rainfall records and bringing deadly flash flooding.

As of July 30, 86 people were killed across six different provinces in Pakistan, the country's National Disaster Management Authority said. Additionally, more than 2,200 houses were damaged and over 800 villages and 538,000 people were affected.

From July 22-28, Karachi, Pakistan, received 48 mm (1.89 inches) of rain. That's more rain than the city saw during the entire monsoon seasons of 2012, 2013 and 2014, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said.

In Bhuj, India, more than 432 mm (17 inches) of rain were measured from Monday into Tuesday. The average yearly total is 373.7 mm (14.72 inches), AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister stated. In Badin, Pakistan, rainfall from Monday into Tuesday totaled 135 mm (5.31 inches) which is equal to the normal rainfall for the entire month of July, according to Leister.

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Several AccuWeather meteorologists and staff writers contributed content to this article.


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