Abigail Sisney, 8, cools down from the hot weather in the splash pad at Rayola Park in Owasso, Okla., Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World/Tulsa World via AP)
A roofer works on a new home under construction Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Houston. A heat wave is expected to send temperatures soaring close to 100 degrees through the weekend across much of the country. The National Weather Service estimates that more than 100 heat records will fall on Saturday, August 17. Most will not be the scorching daily highs, but for lack of cooling at night, something called nighttime lows. Those lows will be record highs. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. An oppressive heat wave blamed for a death in Mississippi eased a little across the Southeast on Wednesday after a cold front pushed through the region, bringing damaging storms along with lower temperatures.