The Daily Weather Update from FOX Weather: October begins with record warmth expanding across US – Fox Weather

Millions of people in the central U.S. are bracing for some record heat thanks to a blocking pattern that will send temperatures soaring 15 to 25 degrees above average in some areas before the warm temperatures expand farther east later this week.
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The calendar might say October, but this week's temperatures will be more typical of summer in the eastern half of the U.S. Record warmth will focus on the Plains and Midwest on Monday before expanding to the Northeast Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs will climb well into the 80s, with some cities even reaching the 90s. These temperatures are 15 to 25 degrees above average for the beginning of October.
One of the season's first fall storms is brewing this week, which is expected to bring some high-elevation snow to the West, heavy rain and the potential for severe weather in the Plains, then a fairly noticeable temperature drop to nearly the entire central U.S. before beginning to lose steam by Thursday.
On Monday, the storm will bring heavy rain to parts of the Four Corners region, along with potentially heavy snow to some of the highest elevations in the Rockies. The rain will expand throughout the day, likely stretching from the Dakotas to New Mexico as a cold front develops off the Rockies. Some severe storms are possible from the Dakotas to West Texas.
Tropical Storm Philippe is expected to pass near or just northeast of the northern Leeward Islands through Monday night, prompting a Tropical Storm Watch for the islands of Antigua and Barbuda. Between 4 and 6 inches of rain is expected on those islands, with 2 to 4 inches predicted for the rest of the Leeward Islands. Tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) are also possible on Antigua and Barbuda on Monday.
Philippe is then expected to turn northward and move away from the northern Leeward Islands on Tuesday. The National Hurricane Center forecasts Philippe to strengthen into a hurricane by Thursday or Friday as it moves into the central Atlantic Ocean.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Rina is no longer being monitored by the National Hurricane Center as it dissipated overnight several hundred miles to the north-northeast of Philippe.
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