Temperatures will continue to ease in the interior Southwest on Monday, but will still remain above average in some areas.
Afternoon highs in the valleys of California will be right around, or a few degrees below, normal Monday after record-breaking heat over the weekend.
Other areas, such as Arizona and southern Nevada, will still remain 5 to 10 degrees above average, but will not be as hot as they were Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, intense heat challenged records in the Valleys of California, as well as parts of Nevada and Arizona. Redding, Calif., smashed their record high for the day by climbing to 111 degrees (old record of 100 set in 1996). Las Vegas also set a record for the day, reaching 112 (old record of 111 set in 1955).
Although the heat won't be as intense today, highs will still climb into the 100s in Las Vegas, Nev., Palm Springs, Calif., Yuma, Ariz., and Phoenix, Ariz.
People are reminded to avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the midday and afternoon hours, when temperatures will be the highest and the sun is most intense.
In addition to the heat, dry afternoon thunderstorms will increase the threat of wildfires across the region.
Lightning from these storms can easily spark wildfires due to this year's dry conditions.
The table above shows several cities in California, the amount of precipitation that they have received so far in 2013 and the percent of precipitation they have received when compared to normal.
Temperatures will slowly rise heading into the middle of the week across the Southwest with the continued threat of dry thunderstorms.
Unfortunately, conditions will remain dry throughout next week which will not help to reduce the threat of wildfires.
Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Lada.
Rounds of severe thunderstorms, including the potential for flooding rain and tornadoes, will continue to erupt over the central United States this week.
Summerlike warmth will make it feel like the 90s F at times in the eastern United States through Memorial Day weekend, despite localized rainfall.
Conditions will become favorable for tropical development over the Atlantic Ocean, in the vicinity of the southeastern United States toward the end of May and into early June.
Frequent showers are expected throughout the music festival that will take place in late June.
As millions prepare to take part in Memorial Day weekend events, showers, storms and a potential tropical system could threaten outdoor activities and travel plans during the extended weekend.
Showers and thunderstorms may strike during Corpus Christi events across Germany on Thursday.
Inland snowstorm from New Jersey to New England; 4" of snow at Berkshire County, MA.
Snowstorm across state; daytime accumulation of 4-6".
Newton, NJ (1925)
96 degrees on the 23rd; 39 degrees on the morning of the 24th.