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The first heat wave of the year will hit the southern United States next week

Summer is still weeks away, but the first wave of superheated air of the season will sweep across the southern United States in just five or six days. It could set records from southern Texas to the Southeast as temperatures rise 10 to 25 degrees above normal.

Between the middle of next week and the start of Mother’s Day weekend, high temperatures are projected to reach at least 90 degrees from Texas to the Carolinas. It will be even hotter in southern Texas and adjacent parts of Mexico, especially near the Rio Grande, where highs could reach 105 to 110 degrees on several days.