After a period of cool weather last week, hot weather has returned to Southern California for the next few days.
Offshore flow and high pressure at the surface and aloft will bring well-above-normal temperatures through Thursday. Normal high temperatures are in the 70s and lower 80s. Today through Thursday, expect high temperatures of 10 to 15 degrees above normal inland from the coast through the valleys.
The hottest days should be Wednesday and Thursday when the offshore flow is strongest. Highs will from the middle 80s just inland from the beaches to well into the 90s in the hottest valleys. Some record high temperatures will be challenged.
It is likely to cool down noticeably Friday and over the weekend.
Severe thunderstorms spawned tornadoes in major metropolitan areas, while wildfires raged in the West and flooding downpours persisted in the East.
As much of the West continues to be plagued by intense drought, the production of favorite and trendy foods may be more challenging for states operating in dry conditions.
Since the movie "Jaws," inspired by 1916 shark attacks, the number of shark attacks has been on the rise due to human and seal population increases, shark migration and warming temperatures.
A warmer weather pattern is forecast for much of the Central and Eastern states, while temperatures should throttle back in the Northwest during the middle of August.
Japan and South Korea face tropical floods into this weekend; the danger of a typhoon looms for next week.
Bertha is forecast to take a curved path near the islands in the northeastern Caribbean this weekend, then to stay off the East Coast of the United States next week.
Chicago, IL (1988)
100 degrees -- 7th day of 100 degrees or higher in 1088 -- an all-time record number.
Hurricane Erin crossed central Florida from the east with 50-70 mph wind gusts. 9.06" of rain fell in Melbourne. (An all time 24 hour record).
Erie, PA (2000)
1.75" diameter hail.