Memorial Day is commonly referred to as the unofficial start of summer, and for those in the Southwest, it will bring temperatures that rival those of July.
Sunday set the stage for several sunny and sizzling hot days over portions of California, Nevada and Arizona through the first half of this week as the mercury rose well into the 90s across the region's interior.
Those planning on spending time in the outdoors for Memorial Day should take the proper steps to stay protected from the harmful rays of the sun.
Applying sun block and wearing lighter colored clothing are just two easy ways that you can stay protected when in the sun.
Drinking plenty of water is also important to ensure that you stay hydrated, especially if you are partaking in strenuous activities.
Unlike the heat wave that occurred over the region in the middle of May, areas closer to the coast are not expected to get quite as hot as those farther inland due to the influence from the Pacific Ocean.
However, cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco are still expected to have temperatures 5 to 10 degrees above normal through at least Tuesday.
Each morning through the middle of the week is also expected to start off with areas of low clouds along the coast of California before giving way to sunshine.
Meanwhile, many areas across the region's interior could climb above the 100-degree mark on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
This includes cities such as Phoenix; Las Vegas; and Fresno and Palm Springs, California.
Death Valley may even touch 115 degrees which would make it the highest temperature recorded there since mid-September.
Looking ahead towards the latter part of the week, the heat is expected to ease, but still remain a few degrees above normal.
Dry weather will also persist through much of week with the only chance of precipitation coming on Friday over the mountains of Arizona.
A late-April snowstorm dumped over a foot of heavy, wet snow across parts of Colorado on Thursday into Friday, boosting snowpack for an extended ski season at local resorts.
Expanding rainfall will bring good news for unusually dry portions of the northeastern United States into the start of May.
Heavy thunderstorms, a few of which will become severe and trigger flash flooding, will target the middle and lower Mississippi Valley into Saturday evening.
Residents of the southeastern United States may feel like the calendar has flipped ahead to Memorial Day weekend with warm and muggy weather in place for the start of May.
Those traveling during the end of the bank holiday weekend across the United Kingdom will face bouts of rain and increasingly gusty winds.
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