Are you old enough to remember that song in the title of todays blog?. It was a big hit back in the 80s by musician Arrow and later covered by many other groups. Great song to dance to. But the weather in the Southwest is also HOT, HOT, HOT with the hottest temperatures of the year so far being recorded. The hottest day for some is still to come too.
Here is a map showing temperatures at 1:00 pm across parts of the deserts of California, Nevada and western most Arizona.
These are only 1:00 pm temperatures and still probably 3-4 hours from peaking. It was already over 110 on the Vegas Strip heading for 114 or 115. Needles was already 115 heading for the low 120s. There were many, many readings between 107 and 113 across the region. Wednesday is going to be every bit as hot as Tuesday and can get a couple degrees hotter in places. Death Valley will probably reach 125 or so today and again Wednesday. The low, if you can call it that, Tuesday morning was a toasty 96 in Death Valley!! It might have a hard time dropping below 100 tonight.
But its not just hot here, though this is where the hottest weather is at. The San Joaquin Valley is also baking and records are going to be challenged through Thursday with highs in the 105 to 110 degree range. The valleys of southern California are going to sizzle with 100+ degree heat too.
Want relief from the heat? Head to the beaches. Southern California beaches will be in the lower to middle 70s while along the Central Coast many beaches will stay in the low to middle 60s with only partial clearing of the low clouds.
As I said yesterday monsoon moisture is going to be on the rise and expect increasing amount of afternoon and evening thunderstorms over the mountains and deserts of California as well as Arizona north to Utah and Nevada. This increase in moisture will knock down the extreme heat some but dew points will be coming up compensating some for the lower temperatures. The greatest coverage of thunderstorms probably are in the period Thursday into Friday.
As of the end of June there had been no named storms in the Eastern Pacific basin.
This is some serious and dangerous heat. Outdoor activity is just not at all recommended during the daytime.
A strong ridge of high pressure in the West brings the highest heat of the season so far to a large area.
Combine the cold with the wind and some precipitation and there is a real danger of hypothermia.
Any shower and thunderstorm can contain heavy downpours, heavy enough to cause temporary, low-lying ponding.
According to all long-range models, the warmest area in North America compared to average will be over the Northwest.