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Summer heat building, July 4 weekend to be hot and hazy

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a group of people sitting at a beach umbrella in the sand: NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 01: Lifeguards keep watch along the beach at Brooklyn's Coney Island on the first day that swimming is allowed at New York City beaches on July 01, 2020 in New York City. © Spencer Platt/Getty Images NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 01: Lifeguards keep watch along the beach at Brooklyn's Coney Island on the first day that swimming is allowed at New York City beaches on July 01, 2020 in New York City.

In the last 48 hours, almost a foot of rain fell near Grand Forks, North Dakota, which flooded fields, overwhelmed drains and swamped farmsteads.

Severe storms also moved through Kansas City, Missouri, quickly dropping 2 to 3 inches of rain that flooded streets on Wednesday, which caused several cars to get stuck.

In New Jersey, slow-moving thunderstorms Wednesday flooded streets there, after 2 to 3 inches of rain fell.

Also, in Selmer, Tennessee, 6 to 8 inches of rain fell, producing widespread flash flooding. Twenty families had to evacuate their homes.

Slow-moving thunderstorms with heavy rain will continue in the eastern U.S. Thursday, especially in the South, where a stationary front is stuck.

a close up of text on a white background: Slow-moving thunderstorms with heavy rain will continue in the eastern U.S. Thursday, especially in the South, where a stationary front is stuck. © ABC News Slow-moving thunderstorms with heavy rain will continue in the eastern U.S. Thursday, especially in the South, where a stationary front is stuck.

The heaviest rain over the next few days will be from the Plains and into the Gulf Coast and east to northern Florida, where some areas could see more than 4 inches of rain in a short period of time.

As we get closer to the holiday weekend, the summer heat is building from the Deep South all the way into the Great Lakes and the East Coast.

a close up of text on a black background: Seven states are under heat advisory Thursday, from Minnesota down to Louisiana, where high temperatures combined with high humidity make it feel like it’s over 100 degrees. © ABC News Seven states are under heat advisory Thursday, from Minnesota down to Louisiana, where high temperatures combined with high humidity make it feel like it’s over 100 degrees.

Chicago is having its hottest summer since 2012 and has already seen nine days with 90 degrees or higher.

Seven states are under heat advisory Thursday, from Minnesota down to Louisiana, where high temperatures combined with high humidity make it feel like it’s over 100 degrees. In some spots there, it could feel like it's 111 degrees.

The heat will not be limited to the central U.S. this holiday weekend, when temperatures will reach the 90’s and 100’s from California to New Jersey. The Fourth of July weekend is shaping up to be hazy and hot across much of the U.S.

The heat will not be limited to the central U.S. this holiday weekend, when temperatures will reach the 90’s and 100’s from California to New Jersey. © ABC News The heat will not be limited to the central U.S. this holiday weekend, when temperatures will reach the 90’s and 100’s from California to New Jersey.
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