High temperatures will soar to near 100 degrees into the weekend in Downtown Los Angeles.
Even many of the Southern California beaches will feel the heat as high pressure weakens the onshore flow and creates an offshore flow.
According to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "High temperatures on Saturday will be similar to Friday and should throttle back a bit on Sunday, but it will still be hot."
Indeed temperatures were hot to start the weekend, as Los Angeles soared to 103 degrees, breaking the record of 102 reached two other times on the date.
Temperatures are forecast to be well above normal through the weekend, but about 5 to 10 degrees above normal on Sunday versus 10 to 15 degrees above normal Friday and Saturday.
The circulation around high pressure will direct a flow of air off the Pacific Ocean farther north in California. High temperatures in the Bay area will peak within a few degrees of 70.
During the afternoon hours, the combination of the high temperatures and blazing sunshine can make strenuous activities dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, to avoid the dangers of heat stroke and hyperthermia, if you must partake in manual labor or sporting events.
While winds will be rather light across the region, the combination of climbing temperatures, dry brush and lowering humidity levels will elevate the fire danger.
Be very careful with outdoor power equipment and open flames this weekend.
Heavy rain returning to the northern Plains will generate a renewed flood threat for the Red River.
More than 20 tornadoes were reported by the National Weather Service with hundreds of hail and wind reports Sunday afternoon through Sunday night.
Several tornadoes touched down from Oklahoma to Iowa, including near Wichita, Kan., and Oklahoma City, on Sunday.
Severe storms may erupt from Oklahoma to Wisconsin on Monday as the storm system that spawned several tornadoes across the Plains on Saturday and Sunday shifts slowly to the east.
A slow-moving storm resulted in a week of below-normal temperatures that will likely continue into the week.
Smoke from fires in the Yucatan Peninsula will continue to affect parts of Texas and Louisiana for the first part of the week.
324 confirmed tornadoes so far in May.
KY, TN, VA (1894)
Late season snow with up to 10" accumulation.
Ft. Myers, FL (1985)
A hospital and several homes were evacuated due to brush fires.