Image description: This color-coded map shows how persistent, scorching heat in the central and eastern regions of the United States shattered long-standing temperature records last month, making it the fourth warmest July nationally. In the South, the heat exacerbated drought conditions as dry as the historic droughts of the 1930s and 1950s, though not as long lived. The average U.S. temperature was 77 degrees F, which is 2.7 degrees above average. Learn more about this historic heatwave.
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