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Heat Wave Rolls Across U.S., but Relief Is Coming

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An extreme, dangerous heat wave that washed over Midwest and Northeast states the past few days is shifting eastward, but relief in the form of a cold front may arrive Tuesday.

On Monday, after 18 states and Washington, D.C., were put under heat advisories, the National Weather Service announced dangerous heat conditions would shift eastward. End-of-year public school classes were canceled in many districts across the region.

Experts urged people to stay indoors during the day. Heat can be deadly: There were 107 heat-related fatalities in 2017, according to federal data.

In cities where advisories were issued, the Weather Service recommended that residents schedule exhausting outdoor activities in early mornings or evenings. Residents should also check on family members and neighbors who are more susceptible to the heat.

Among the cities most affected was St. Louis, which typically sees an average of 86 degrees this time of year, but was placed under an excessive heat warning after temperatures as high as 105 degrees were predicted.

But as the heat leaves the Midwest, a cold front on Tuesday is expected to offer the Northeastern region some relief, said Andrew Orrison, a meteorologist at the Weather Service. By Wednesday, all heat advisories are expected to be canceled.

The Chicago Tribune captured scenes of children frolicking through a water spray at a Chicago park on Sunday, after the city recorded a high of 95 degrees. Schools there closed early Monday because of the heat. Average high temperatures for the city are usually about 80 degrees.

In Massachusetts, the Lowell Public Schools district announced on Twitterthat schools would be closed “due to the forecasted extreme heat conditions.”

The Weather Channel reported that many other schools in Northeast cities were closed as temperatures approached 100 degrees.

Bob Oravec, a forecaster for the Weather Service, said the above-average temperatures were the result of the annual Bermuda high, a high-pressure area that sits off the East Coast and produces warm, humid conditions.

Swaths of Kansas and Ohio could see lower temperatures as the weather pattern moves south over the next 24 hours, Mr. Oravec said. In general, affected cities are seeing temperatures 4 to 8 degrees above average, he said.