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Extreme Heat: Triple-Degree Temperatures Ravage Southern States 

Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Extreme temperatures have been soaring into the triple degrees across the Southern Plains, not only breaking records, but having dangerous weather effects across other regions of the U.S.

Seven states from Tennessee to Texas have excessive heat advisories or warnings Saturday and Sunday, including the cities of Memphis, Tenn., Little Rock, Ark. and Kansas City. The next two days will feel like 107 to 113 degrees.

Dallas endured its eighth consecutive 100-degree day Saturday, forecasting a high of 103 degrees, making it the city’s longest 100-degree weather streak for this summer. The average number of 100 degree days in Dallas for the year is 16--the highest reported in 1980 with 69 days.

In Texas, it’s the third worst drought year in history, according to meteorologist reports.

In addition to the heat, much of Southern Plains and Southeast are in the grips of extreme to exceptional drought with no end predicted, according to meteorologists.

The soaring temperatures are linked to 20 heat-related child deaths in cars this summer.

In addition to causing death, the elevated temperatures are spawning dramatic weather patterns in areas across the country.

In the Northeast, record rainfall pounded the corridor from Connecticut to Maryland Friday.  Rainfall rates were reported almost 2 inches in 20 minutes outside Philadelphia that same day.

Six tornadoes touched down in North Dakota Friday, while Colorado reported flooding and 70 mph winds.

Some of the heat will push into Midwest Sunday, but only briefly, meteorologists reported.

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