Blistering Heat In US West And Southeast Is Anticipated Over The Weekend

by | Jul 6, 2024 | Climate Crisis, Environmental News

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Over the July Fourth holiday weekend, blistering heat in the US are predicted to persist across much of the U.S. West Coast, Southeast, and Middle Atlantic regions. Forecasters issued warnings on Friday as California firefighters battled one of the season’s first major wildfires.

Around 108 million Americans will be under excessive heat advisories throughout the weekend, with record-breaking temperatures anticipated in parts of California, southern Oregon, and the Southwest. The National Weather Service (NWS) reported that the West Coast would experience temperatures 15 to 30 degrees above average, soaring to 110°F (43°C) on Friday.

Blistering heat in US

Some of the hottest spots this weekend include Phoenix, Arizona, where temperatures are expected to hit 115°F (46°C), and Palm Springs, California, where it could reach a scorching 119°F (48°C). Even Washington D.C. is predicted to see temperatures rise to 100°F (38°C). These extreme conditions are a stark contrast to the forecast for Yellowstone National Park in Montana, where temperatures are expected to drop to 37°F on Friday night.

The NWS in Flagstaff, Arizona, indicated minimal relief from the heat, stating on X, “Expect only subtle changes to our daily high temperatures through the weekend.” The region, which usually experiences bone-dry conditions this time of year, recently saw a brief period of torrential rain. “Where did you go, monsoon? Hurry back,” the NWS added, reflecting the urgency for any potential relief from the heat.

Stifling heat will also extend from Mississippi to Florida and northward along the Eastern Seaboard to Pennsylvania, where temperatures will exceed 100°F (37°C). The NWS has warned that hot overnight conditions across the Mississippi Valley could create a “dangerous situation for those without access to adequate cooling.”

The weather service urged the public to stay hydrated, avoid direct sunlight, and seek shelter in air-conditioned buildings to mitigate the risks associated with the extreme heat. Hot, dry, and windy conditions in the West have also prompted fire officials and forecasters to issue warnings about an elevated risk of wildfires.

In Butte County, California, the so-called Thompson Fire has burned nearly 6 square miles (16 square kilometers) of scrub and brush since it ignited on Tuesday. By Friday morning, the fire was 46% contained, but it had already forced about 13,000 households to evacuate and damaged or destroyed approximately 30 structures. Firefighters made significant progress overnight, allowing most evacuation orders to be lifted early Friday morning.

As the weekend progresses, authorities continue to monitor the situation of blistering heat in the US closely, emphasizing the importance of public awareness and safety measures during these extreme weather conditions.

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    Sarah Tancredi is an experienced journalist and news reporter specializing in environmental and climate crisis issues. With a deep passion for the planet and a commitment to raising awareness about pressing environmental challenges, Sarah has dedicated her career to informing the public and promoting sustainable solutions. She strives to inspire individuals, communities, and policymakers to take action to safeguard our planet for future generations.

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