Government forecasters say the excessive heat across much of the U.S. may not let up until October. Experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also are predicting the drought-plagued Midwest will get below-average rainfall. The Midwest is suffering its worst drought in a half century.

The states being hit hardest by the drought are Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Florida, New Mexico, Arkansas, Indiana and Hawaii. Drought conditions are now being reported for more than half of the entire land area in the 50 states. NOAA officials say 170 temperature records were broken or tied in June.

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