If you're feeling hot this week, it's not a mirage. From Montana to Louisiana, hundreds of heat records have been slashed as harrowing temperatures leave cornfields parched and city sidewalks sizzling.
On Tuesday 251 new daily high temperature records were set, boosting
to 1,015 the number of records set during the previous week. Many more
records were expected to have been set Wednesday.
The consequences range from comical_ a bacon-fried driveway in
Oklahoma _ to catastrophic, as wildfires consuming parts of the Rocky
Mountains are fueled by oppressive heat and gusty winds.