Millions without power in USGiovanny Alvarez, a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, leaves after delivering mail to a residence in Washington. (AP)
Mon, July 02, 2012 - 1:38 PM
CNN) -- It may be near the end of the week before power is restored to some of the millions of those lacking electricity following weekend storms as another day of sweltering temperatures was forecast for much of the nation today.
The intense early-summer weather has baked areas from Missouri to New York to Georgia with record-breaking heat and unleashed fierce storms that knocked out power over the weekend. At least 16 people were killed from the series of storms.
While the mercury today was forecast to stop short of the century mark in many areas, high temperatures will still approach 100 degrees and will definitely be in the 90s for most of the eastern two-thirds of the country, according to CNN meteorologist Sarah Dillingham.
A high of 99 degrees is forecast for Louisville, Kentucky, for instance, and 96 degrees in Columbus, Ohio.
Eighteen states remained under heat advisories, excessive heat watches and warnings, Dillingham said.
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