Monday, June 20, 2016

Record heat scalding the Southwest US

An unusually strong area of high pressure — or heat dome — is leading to historic extremes of heat in the Southwest. Dozens of cities and towns in the Southwest United States set record highs on Sunday — some nearing their hottest days ever recorded. Locations that established daily record highs Sunday included: Yuma (120), Phoenix (118), Tucson (115), Burbank, Calif. (109), Albuquerque (103, tie), and Santa Fe (102).

Several of these temperatures ranked among the hottest ever recorded in their respective locations. Excessive heat warnings blanket much of Southern California, southern Nevada, and southern Arizona.
In Southern California, the National Weather Service in Los Angeles is describing the heat wave as “dangerous” and “deadly”

Hotter-than-normal weather is expected to linger over the Southwest through the week, although its intensity is forecast to drop slightly starting Wednesday.

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