Heat Eases in California, Southwest

By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
June 10, 2013; 4:59 PM ET
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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.

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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.

Rainfall This Year
Percent of Normal
San Francisco 1.85 14%
Los Angeles 2.63 25%
San Diego 3.33 48%
Sacramento 3.69 31%
Fresno 2.28 30%

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.


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