High pressure centered over the Four Corners will continue to expand, allowing temperatures to surge again Friday in the Southwest.
Temperatures in cities such as Phoenix, Ariz., and Palm Springs, Calif., are expected to make it into the 90s for the second day in a row.
Palm Springs has gotten an early jump on the warmth, with the "heat wave" starting back on Tuesday, reaching 90 degrees, then following with a warm 95 on Wednesday.
Phoenix last reached this temperature in the beginning of November; however, even for that time of the year, a temperature in the low 90s is more than 10 degrees above the climatological average.
Readings in the low to mid-90s that these cities will experience are more characteristic of early October or early May!
Although they will not hit the 90-degree mark, record warmth will also spread to Fresno, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev.
Thursday afternoon, Fresno will approach the record of 83 that was set back in 2007. A day later, Las Vegas will get close to the record of 87 set in the same year.
Despite warmth in these cities, not everywhere in the Southwest will have extreme temperatures.
With an inversion in place on the coast, like it was Wednesday, areas near the beaches will be affected by low clouds and fog, keeping it cool.
This will be the case for Los Angeles and San Diego areas.
In contrast, the eastern portion of the country, especially New England, is forecast for chilly temperatures for the end of the week.
As Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani explains, a brisk winter chill has been effecting the Northeast since the middle of the week.
While a brief break in the wet weather is coming early next week, rounds of rain will resume later next week and cause difficulties for outdoor plans and agriculture through much of May.
As millions prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8, rain and severe storms threaten to disrupt outdoor activities and travel plans.
As a strong El Niño fades, the weather across the country will slowly change. In much of the eastern United States, a hot summer is in store.
A system with rain and thunderstorms will bring both good and bad news to the western United States later this week.
The threat of severe weather will return to the south-central United States this weekend.
Plenty of warmth and sunshine will be in the forecast this Saturday as the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby takes place at famed Churchill Downs in Louisville this Saturday.
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