Summer has officially begun and Chief Long-Range Meteorologist Joe Bastardi is calling for more scorching temperatures to occur over much of the nation through August. Average summer temperatures will rival some of the hottest summers ever recorded across the eastern half of the nation.

"It's possible for record-breaking warmth in the first half of July for much of the nation," said Bastardi.

Between I-80 and I-20 from the Rockies eastward, temperatures will hold between the mid-80s and low 90s F through mid-July.

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