Monday temperatures reached new highs, and in some parts of the Northeast, schools actually closed for the day.
Storms in parts of the region are bringing relief with much cooler temperatures today, but the Carolinas and Virginia will still be blistering.
In the Midwest, rain is the problem. A state of emergency has been declared in Wisconsin after a dam failed. Down-river the water spilled over a bridge, causing parts of it to collapse.
That bridge was just repaired a few weeks ago. "They just put a new patch here last week, from a washout two years ago – bad storm – just got it all repaired and now we're back to square one," said one resident