Temperatures are poised to surge well into the 80s and 90s F over a large part of the eastern United States later next week through the last weekend of April.
Snow caused travel chaos in parts of Europe this week, while an asteroid named after celebrity Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson made a close approach to Earth.
Boaters and bathers should exercise caution as dangerous rip currents threaten the east coast beaches of Florida through the weekend.
The potential for damaging thunderstorms and flooding downpours will shift eastward across the interior South this weekend.
Dangerous thunderstorms and flash flooding will focus on portions of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Arkansas on Friday.
With millions of beachgoers flocking to U.S. shorelines every year, the greatest danger most will face is not lurking beneath the waves, but the water itself.
The international aid group Save the Children says life-threatening child malnutrition rates are rising to alarming levels in drought-hit Somalia.
Scientists and people across the globe are gearing up to March for Science on April 22, 2017.
The week will close out with drenching showers across the northeastern United States, with the potential for more rain to follow this weekend.
Slovakia's police say 24 people were injured in a 40-car pileup during a heavy snowstorm in the northeastern part of the country.