Record Southwest Heat Nearing A Mid-Week Conclusion
UPDATED 6:45 AM PDT (MST), August 14, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
The dangerous heat spell scorching the Southwest conquered a few more records to start the work week, although it appears it will be ending in next day or so. Until then, a few more records will fall.
The stubborn upper-level high pressure producing the heat wave will finally be pushed aside tomorrow and Thursday. Unfortunately, relief won`t come soon enough, as southerly to southeasterly breezes crank up the heat again today. The thermometer will push close to record levels, with highs soaring into the upper 100s and 110s throughout the Southwest and interior California.
Even a few hotter desert locations such as Earth Networks Live Tracking Station Lake Havasu City, Ariz., will skyrocket into the lower 120s, potentially peaking at an amazing 125 degrees!
Record highs were not as abundant Tuesday as last weekend. Phoenix tied its record high of 113 on Tuesday while Tucson hit 106, tying its daily record.
These extreme temperatures are stressful to the body. Avoid being outdoors and limit any strenuous activities to very early in the morning or late in the evening. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Wear loose-fitting light-color clothing if you must be outdoors for any length of time, including a wide-brim hat. These precautions will keep the body cool, also helping to prevent or limit
the effects of heat stroke.
The subtle change in the pattern will allow weak low pressure to start pulling up monsoonal moisture off the Gulf of California and Gulf of Mexico today and Thursday. In turn, high temperatures in the 110s and 120s will be replaced by upper 90s and lower to middle 100s Thursday and Friday. Even better, rain-cooling thunderstorms will make it feel even more bearable, knocking temperatures back into the 80s and 90s briefly in the evening.
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