Blazing Heat to Continue Through Midweek for Southwest

By Jordan Root, Meteorologist
May 28, 2014; 1:09 PM ET
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The blazing Julylike heat that kicked off the unofficial first day of summer in the Southwest will continue for at least a couple more days.

High temperatures in many cities, including Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Phoenix will remain in the 100s through midweek.

Places like Salt Lake City, Fresno and Flagstaff will be around 10 degrees above normal.

A shift in the jet stream to the north has allowed heat to build in across the area. The ongoing drought conditions have allowed the area to heat up faster.

Even though the heat is building inland, coastal locations will remain cooler due a flow off the ocean.

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Despite the calendar saying May, this week started off more like July as summerlike temperatures sizzled the region on Monday.

Highs on Memorial Day topped the century mark for Las Vegas, Phoenix and Palm Springs, with temperatures topping out at 104, 104 and 105 respectively.

The mercury in Death Valley rose to 116, just 3 degrees shy of the record.

With the heat continuing to bake the region, folks heading outside will need to be aware of the dangers of the heat and sunlight.

Drinking plenty of water is recommended to stay hydrated, especially if you are partaking in strenuous activities outside.

Also, make sure to cover yourself in sunscreen to prevent sunburn from developing.

Although temperatures will remain hot through midweek, some relief will come for the end of the week.

Cooler air will begin to cut into the heat towards Thursday as a weak front enters the region.

Although a huge cooldown is not expected, temperatures will drop slightly. Highs for Las Vegas and Palm Springs will dip back down into the 90s.

The region will continue to remain dry, however. Major weather systems will continue to remain well north of the region which comes as bad news for the worsening drought.

The Hunters Fire began on May 26 in Mariposa County. As of Tuesday morning the fire was 20 percent contained and had already engulfed 900 acres. Evacuation are in effect for the Hunters Valley Area as 100 homes and buildings are threatened.

The dry conditions in the area will not offer relief as containment efforts continue.


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