August 29th, 2013
02:00 PM ET

Too Hot for School?

A brutal heatwave is still sitting over the Midwest and more school are closing down as a result, CNN's Indra Petersons reports. It's been 3 days of near record-breaking temperatures in parts of Minnesota, with temperatures not dipping below the 90s. It was a burning 92 degrees yesterday, but felt like it was past the 100 degree mark. (WATCH VIDEO)

midwest heat

Here is a breakdown of weather occurring across the US:

Midwest heat

  • Des Moines, IA has the excessive heat warning today and tomorrow for highs in the upper 90’s
    • Record today and tomorrow is 99° and it could be broken on Friday
    • Heat advisories for Iowa, southern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota
    • Highs are 10° to 15° above normal today
    • The most impactful temperature drop is mostly from Saturday to Sunday as a cold front moves through

Severe storms

  • Hail and damaging winds the biggest threat today for northern Minnesota and west to central Wisconsin
  • Tomorrow, no large severe but showers move through the Great Lakes tomorrow

Northwest showers

  • Some showers moving ahead of trough off the coast
  • Friday and Saturday, high pressure builds in and dries the region

Southwest scattered showers

  • Monsoon moisture brings more rain to the Southwest
  • Flash flood watches are out for parts of California and New Mexico
  • Scattered showers are forecasted to last into Saturday


  • In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Juliette is moving along the west coast of Baja California
    • Max wind 50 mph, forecasted to weaken to a tropical depression tonight or early tomorrow and a remnant low Friday
    • Moving NW at 22 mph, forecasted to slow and turn NW in the next few days
      • Center moves along and near the coast of Baja California through this evening
      • 1-3” rainfall is forecasted for southern portions of the peninsula
      • In the Atlantic, the tropics are quiet for the next 2 days
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