For now, the heat wave has cooled on the East Coast. But many forecasters have predicted that the central U.S. will continue to sizzle under the record-breaking heat.
There was concern about how horses and other livestock would be affected by the extreme heat. The drought has caused hay fields to dry up, which has some Oklahoma farmers concerned there may not be enough hay to feed horses.
Last week's heat wave will likely have a lasting impact on millions of acres of corn and soybeans across the country, leading to higher prices for both crops.
The soaring temperatures also led to an increase in power usage. In the New York City area, over 13,000 homes faced a black out.
"Through all the heat waves, through all the things we've been through, we've never been in this area. This is unchartered territory," explained John Miksad, senior vice president of electric operations at New York's Con Edison.
Over the course of the week, a staggering 196 heat records were set due to the extreme heat wave.
Washington, D.C. saw 102 degree temperatures. Philadelphia hit 101, not factoring in the heat index.
Records were set or tied in 41 cities and towns from North Carolina to Maine over the weekend, according to AccuWeather.com.
The National Weather Service reported the nationwide death toll from the extreme heat to be more than 20.