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    Map shows soaring temperatures that could break hundreds of records across US as states brace for storms

    By Martha Brennan,


    Hundreds of temperature records could be broken across the US this week as warm weather continues in states from Texas to the midwest, a new map shows.

    Multiple cities could experience their warmest ever February day on Monday or Tuesday.

    In total, over 250 million Americans will enjoy above average temperatures , with Indianapolis and Chicago set for highs in the 70s. Areas of Texas and Oklahoma, meanwhile, could see highs in the 80s and 90s.

    Forecasters predict 95 degree weather in Dallas on Monday and a high of 83 in St Louis on Tuesday, the warmest day of the year so far in both cities. Dallas doesn't usually see such weather until late April.

    Temperatures in Omaha, Nebraska, are predicted to climb into the 70s on Monday, even though the city normally records temperatures of around 40 degrees this time of year. Forecasters predict that a number of other cities could reach up to 40 degrees above average this week.

    Records could be also broken in Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota, Arkansas, Tennessee, Iowa and Kansas at the start of the week. The warm weather will move toward the northeast by Wednesday, bringing a storm that could see record warm-lows across the region.

    If you can't see the map below, click here.

    Philadelphia and New York City could top out in the 60s, while thunderstorms are predicted to develop near the Great Lakes late on Tuesday, bringing rain to much of the east through Thursday.

    A cold front carrying a cross-country storm will cool off temperatures again by the end of the week. Temperatures are expected to plummet to as much as 20 degrees below average after Wednesday. Dallas could see temperatures drop from the 90s to low 50s, while residents in Chicago will feel the chill as wind could reach single digits by Wednesday.

    Around 25 million people will be under storm risks in areas such as Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Toledo, Ohio overnight on Tuesday with predictions of hail, tornadoes and damaging winds.

    "Unseasonable and record warmth is in the forecast today and tomorrow for the central US with temperatures up to 40 degrees above normal possible," the National Weather Service said. "Severe thunderstorms are likely across portions of the Midwest to the Great Lakes. Damaging gusts, large hail and a few tornadoes are all possible."

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