Warnings For Pre Summer Heat Wave In Southern US Issued This Week

by | Jun 5, 2024 | Climate Crisis, Environmental News

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Millions of Americans from the Gulf Coast of Texas to California’s San Francisco Bay Area were warned about an upcoming major pre-summer heat wave in the Southern US. The National Weather Service (NWS) advised residents to limit outdoor activities and stay well-hydrated as temperatures are expected to soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) across several states until Friday.

This unseasonably high heat is attributed to a strong ridge of atmospheric high pressure parked over the region, causing temperatures to rise significantly. The areas of greatest concern include California’s inland Central Valley and the state capital, Sacramento, where an “excessive heat warning” has been issued. Closer to the coast, a “heat advisory” has been put in place for the Bay Area due to slightly milder but still very high temperatures.

Pre summer heat wave in Southern US

Forecasters warned that temperatures in southern Arizona and Nevada will exceed 110 degrees F, with Las Vegas likely reaching a record-breaking 112 degrees F on Thursday. Phoenix, the state capital of Arizona, could see highs of 115 degrees F on the same day.

The heat wave is expected to peak over California’s Central Valley on Wednesday before spreading into the Desert Southwest later in the week. The NWS emphasized that widespread temperature records are likely to be tied or broken across many areas affected by the heat wave.

Residents are urged to stay in air-conditioned spaces, drink plenty of water, and check on vulnerable neighbors and family members during the hottest parts of the day. California’s Environmental Protection Agency highlighted the dangers of extreme heat, especially for outdoor workers, seniors, and children, noting that it is a significant consequence of climate change.

The extreme heat not only poses health risks but also strains power grids. With the high demand for air-conditioning, the North American Electric Reliability Corp, which oversees energy reliability standards for the U.S. and Canada, has warned that large parts of the United States remain at risk for supply shortfalls. This situation is expected to continue throughout the summer months.

Texas, which has been experiencing extreme heat for about a week, is expected to see these conditions peak on Tuesday but continue for several more days. The prevailing conditions in Texas and the broader Southwestern U.S. are seen as a precursor to the hotter-than-normal temperatures forecasted for the next three months.

Local officials and forecasters recommend that residents take preventive measures during this heat wave. Staying indoors during peak heat hours, maintaining hydration, and monitoring the well-being of those more susceptible to heat stress are crucial steps. The public is also reminded to be mindful of their energy use to prevent overloading the power grid.

This pre-summer heat wave in the Southern US serves as a stark reminder of the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events linked to climate change. As summer approaches, it is essential for communities to stay informed and prepared for potentially dangerous heat conditions.

Also Read: This Summer May Lead To 8% Rise In Utility Bills Across US

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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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