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Gradual cooldown to bring relief from stifling conditions in the central US

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Those looking for a break from the heat across the central United States will be in luck as a slow cooldown is in store starting this weekend.

"High pressure centered over the central and northern Plains will hold strong through the end of the week before finally breaking this weekend," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde said.

Highs topped out in the 90s and 100s across the majority of the Central states on Wednesday and will stay there for most through Friday.

Most locations across the Central states will reach the peak of the heat on either Friday or Saturday. Humidity levels will remain high, which will add to the dangerous conditions.

"Triple-digit heat will be highly prominent in forecasts from the Dakotas to Texas through Friday and continuing from Kansas to Texas on Saturday," Rinde said.

AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will be well into the 100s across most of the central United States through Friday. These RealFeel® temperatures will not only occur during the afternoon hours but also during the late-morning and early evening commutes to and from work.

In some locations, it may be hot enough to cause flight delays or cancellations at local airports.

Being outdoors during the afternoon hours is not recommended. Those who need to spend time outdoors should take the necessary precautions to prevent heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

Remember to never leave children or pets unattended inside any vehicles. It only takes a matter of minutes for the temperature inside of a car to rise to dangerous, if not deadly, levels.

Longer-lasting relief from the heat and humidity will begin across the northern tier this weekend and the central Plains by early next week, but it will fail to reach as far south as Texas.

In the wake of a storm system pushing across the North Central states on Saturday, the trend of lower temperatures and lower humidity levels will begin.

"Temperatures will start to lower across the northern Plains on Saturday and the central Plains on Sunday," Rinde said.

This storm, however, could produce rounds of severe weather from parts of the eastern Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin on Saturday. Little shower or thunderstorm activity is expected to occur across the central Plains on Sunday.

Highs during the early part of the week will be much closer to average from Minneapolis to Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Oklahoma City.

Relief from the heat will not make it as far south as Texas as highs will remain in the 90s to lower 100s.

However, these temperatures are not uncommon during the dog days of summer. Humidity levels will remain high, making it uncomfortable for any outdoor activities.

As the heat slowly leaves the Central states this weekend, it will shift eastward to the Eastern states.