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The heat advisories have expired with cooler and dryer air is making its way through the Upper Midwest, but it has been a scorcher of a couple of days.  Temperatures topped 100 degrees in several locations Tuesday and Wednesday, but it was the humidity that allowed the heat to put a strain on everyone.  Moisture levels were off the charts forcing the heat index or what it feels like outside, topped 110 degrees in Sioux City and topped 105 in just about every other area in the southeast.  Below are a few graphics that really show off just how warm the area was over the last 48 hours.
The warmest conditions were found across the west Tuesday with the heat indicies well over 100 degrees thanks to the combination of the hot temperatures and the very high humidity.

 
But temperatures Tuesday were cooler then these numbers in most cases, but still broke or tied records in 3 cities.



The hot temperatures and high humidity rolled eastward on Wednesday where the heat index topped 110 in parts of the southeast with other locations well above 100.



Despite the ridiculous heat index numbers, there were no record highs broken across the area.



One more thing to point out is just how high the dewpoints climbed Wednesday afternoon.  In fact, Sioux City had the highest dewpoint in the country for a couple of hours with the rest of the southeast not far behind.  Thats right, higher humidity then Florida!!




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