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A heat wave continued to scorch the eastern half of the United States on Monday, as more than 2.2 million customers remain without power following the deadly "super derecho" storm that ripped through the nation's midsection over the weekend, killing at least 15 people.
While the triple-digit temperatures that baked the region are gone, "hot and hotter will continue to be the story from the Plains to the Atlantic Coast the next few days," the National Weather Service said Monday. "The widespread excessive heat warnings and heat advisories have certainly decreased in coverage, but temperatures will remain well above average across a large portion of the U.S."
At least 18 states remain under heat excessive heat warnings or advisories, as above-normal temperatures continue to affect a large portion of the country, with high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 90s and above.