The first week of July saw extreme weather hit across much of the country, with a heat wave, drought and severe wildfires all leaving their mark. High temperatures in the past week have shattered many records, with 262 daily high records tied or broken nationwide on July 4. According to the Associated Press, at least 46 deaths across the U.S. can be blamed on the recent heat.

Fortunately, a cold front will lower temperatures from the Midwest to the East Coast. AP reports that temperatures in many areas will remain in the mid- to upper-80s, however.

Along with the heat, dry and drought conditions exist in much of the U.S. A report released last week found that "just under 56 percent of the contiguous United States is in drought conditions," reported LiveScience. This marks the most extensive drought area since records began 12 years ago. Michael Hayes, director of the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said in a statement, "The recent heat and dryness is catching up with us on a national scale."

In the Western U.S., wildfires continue to burn across several states. Yet changes in temperature and winds allowed fire crews to control fires in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. A wildfire in southern Idaho has already scorched about 125 square miles, with winds blocking firefighters from making significant progress.

Below, check out images of extreme weather around the world from the first week of July.

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  • Boats sit on thr dry cracked bottom of a dry cove at Morse Reservoir in Noblesville, Ind., Friday, July 6, 2012. The reservoir is down nearly 4 feet from normal levels and being lowered 1 foot every 5 days. Temperatures again exceeded 100 degrees in Central Indiana. The National Weather Service said the record-breaking heat that has baked the nation┬'s midsection for several days was slowly moving into the mid-Atlantic states and Northeast. Excessive-heat warnings remained in place Friday for all of Iowa, Indiana and Illinois as well as much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Firefighters work the Dale Fire as it crosses Clear Creek Road Thursday, July 5, 2012, in Shasta County, Calif. The fire burned 1,200 acres between Happy Valley and Redding, Calif., forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate the fast-growing fire. Authorities say a 1,200-acre wildfire near Redding is 30 percent contained and has destroyed two outbuildings. Officials say five homes were damaged but firefighters were able to save them all. (AP Photo/The Record Searchlight, Andreas Fuhrmann)

  • SILVER SPRING, MD - JULY 02: Matt MacCartney (R) of Chesapeake, MD, and Dallas Maw of Currituck, NC, of Auburey's Landscaping work to dismantle a giant southern red oak tree that was blown over in last Friday's deadly storm July 2, 2012 in Silver Spring, Maryland. About 445,000 businesses and households in the metropolitan area surrounding the nation's capital remain without electricity three days after a deadly storm ripped a path from Illinois to the Mid Atlantic region. Almost 40-percent of Pepco customers in Montgomery County, just north of the District of Columbia, are still without electricity and the power company does not expect to have full service restored until Friday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection air tanker works the Dale Fire Thursday, July 5, 2012, near Happy Valley, Calif. Authorities say a 1,200-acre wildfire near Redding is 30 percent contained and has destroyed two outbuildings. Officials say five homes were damaged but firefighters were able to save them all. (AP Photo/The Record Searchlight, Andreas Fuhrmann)

  • Air crews continue to battle a wildfire near Alpine, Utah, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The fire has charred 2,887 acres and destroyed one barn since it started Tuesday afternoon. About 500 homes will remain evacuated for at least the next two days. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth)

  • A helicopter drops water as it assists in firefighting efforts at the Taylor Creek fire 25 miles southeast of Ashland, Mont., in this photo made Thursday, July 5, 2012, and released by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Fire officials said most of Thursday's fire activity was on the blaze in southeastern Montana, which was fueled by high winds. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Gerald Vickers)

  • Skyscrapers in downtown Denver are obscured by smoke drifting down from fires in Wyoming, eastern Montana and western South Dakota on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. While the wildfires are contained in Colorado, states to the north are facing an uphill battle as blazes burn unabated within their borders on Independence Day. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • A wildfire continues to burn near Alpine, Utah, on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The fire has charred 2,887 acres and destroyed one barn since it started Tuesday afternoon. About 500 homes will remain evacuated for at least the next two days. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Francisco Kjolseth)

  • SILVER SPRING, MD - JULY 02: Dallas Maw of Currituck, NC, a member of a tree cutting crew from Auburey's Landscaping, works to dismantle a giant southern red oak tree that was blown over in last Friday's deadly storm July 2, 2012 in Silver Spring, Maryland. About 445,000 businesses and households in the metropolitan area surrounding the nation's capital remain without electricity three days after a deadly storm ripped a path from Illinois to the Mid Atlantic region. Almost 40-percent of Pepco customers in Montgomery County, just north of the District of Columbia, are still without electricity and the power company does not expect to have full service restored until Friday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • SILVER SPRING, MD - JULY 02: Matt MacCartney (L) of Chesapeake, MD, and Dallas Maw of Currituck, NC, of Auburey's Landscaping work to dismantle a giant southern red oak tree that was blown over in last Friday's deadly storm July 2, 2012 in Silver Spring, Maryland. About 445,000 businesses and households in the metropolitan area surrounding the nation's capital remain without electricity three days after a deadly storm ripped a path from Illinois to the Mid Atlantic region. Almost 40-percent of Pepco customers in Montgomery County, just north of the District of Columbia, are still without electricity and the power company does not expect to have full service restored until Friday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • SILVER SPRING, MD - JULY 02: Three huges trees that were downed during last week's storm completely block Bonifant Street in a residential neighborhood July 2, 2012 in Silver Spring, Maryland. About 445,000 businesses and households in the metropolitan area surrounding the nation's capital remain without electricity three days after a deadly storm ripped a path from Illinois to the Mid Atlantic region. Almost 40-percent of Pepco customers in Montgomery County, just north of the District of Columbia, are still without electricity and the power company does not expect to have full service restored until Friday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • HUNTINGTOWN, MD - JULY 01: Power lines are still down on Huntingtown Road after a massive storm that swept through the region Friday night, on July 1, 2012 in Huntingtown, Maryland. Although Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) is working on repairing systems in southern Maryland, there are still almost a million people in the greater Washington, DC area without power. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • A dock extends into a dry cove at Morse Reservoir in Noblesville, Ind., Friday, July 6, 2012. The reservoir is down nearly 4 feet from normal levels and being lowered 1 foot every 5 days. Temperatures again exceeded 100 degrees in Central Indiana. The National Weather Service said the record-breaking heat that has baked the nation┬'s midsection for several days was slowly moving into the mid-Atlantic states and Northeast. Excessive-heat warnings remained in place Friday for all of Iowa, Indiana and Illinois as well as much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • A man crosses a dusty road in Hammonton, N.J., Friday, July, 6, 2012. Extremely dry conditions and temperatures in the 90's have curtailed outdoor activity in much of the region. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • This Thursday, July 5, 2012 photo shows dry soil in a corn field in western Kentucky. Persisting drought conditions have endangered corn fields in western Kentucky. (AP Photo/The Paducah Sun, Allie Douglass)

  • A helicopter drops water on hotspots of the Quail Fire near Alpine, Utah, Thursday, July 5, 2012. Firefighters were helped by nature as heavy rain doused the 2,000-acre wildfire on Thursday. Authorities lifted an evacuation order for about 40 houses in one subdivision, but other orders remained in effect in Alpine. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Scott Sommerdorf)

  • People park along roads in Alpine, Utah to get a closer look at a fire burning in the foothills Tuesday July 3, 2012. Fire officials say a wildfire in Utah County destroyed a barn and forced the evacuation of Alpine neighborhoods. The Lone Peak Fire District says no houses have been damaged and the fire has moved up the Wasatch mountains. The U.S. Forest Service is stepping in to fight the fire and evacuating American Fork Canyon. The Utah National Guard says it dispatched two Blackhawk helicopters with 600-gallon water buckets. With fire crews stretched around Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert called on the guard for help. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Steve Griffin)

  • LIANYUNGANG, CHINA - JULY 08: Vehicles run along a flooded street on July 8, 2012 in Lianyungang, China. Torrential rainfall hit the southern and eastern parts of North China last weekend, causing flooding in low-lying areas across the region. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

  • A motorcyclist and his passengers travel along a water-logged road as the first monsoon rains arrive in Jalandhar, India on June 7, 2012. The monsoon rains brought relief from the scorching heat wave. AFP PHOTO

  • An aircraft flies over the Quail Fire above Alpine, Utah, Tuesday July 3, 2012. The wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon in Lambert Park has burned at least one structure and 80 homes have been evacuated, according to the Lone Peak Police Department. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Chris Detrick )

  • A sudden wind shift draws smoke back over the top of Sheep Mountain as the Squirrel Creek fire spreads Tuesday, July 3, 2012 near Woods Landing, Wyo. (AP Photo/Laramie Boomerang, Andy Carpenean)

  • Bishop Perry, 24, talks on the phone while draped in a towel with the United States colors while trying to beat the heat during a walk home on Fourth of July, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Paterson, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • The Moravian town of Olomouc in the Czech Republic, some 280 kilometres east of Prague, is being showered by lightning during a storm late Friday, July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/CTK, Ludek Perina)

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