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Record-challenging heat to bake southern US into next week

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Decades-old records may fall across the southern United States as heat dominates the region into next week.

It will continue to feel more like September from the southern Plains to the Southeast as the calendar flips to November.

A strong area of high pressure will dominate the weather pattern across much of the country, resulting in near- to above-record warmth for some areas, according to AccuWeather Long Range Meteorologist Evan Duffey.

Highs will generally stay in the middle to upper 80s F from Texas to Georgia, with isolated areas that can reach or exceed 90.

During late October, highs are typically around the upper 60s to middle 70s across the South.

Atlanta; Montgomery, Alabama; Jackson, Mississippi; Nashville, Tennessee; Oklahoma City; Wichita, Kansas; and Cape Girardeau, Missouri, could all see long-standing records fall.

The dry weather and abundant sunshine accompanying the warmth will give residents an excellent opportunity to head outdoors for sporting events and various fall activities.

However, the warm and dry conditions only threaten to worsen the ongoing drought across the interior Southeast.

"The Southeast needs rain and at this time they don't appear to be getting much [into early November]," Duffey said.