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Extreme Heat Continues for the Southwest

5 Jun 2020, 5:00 am

Excessive heat continues in the Southwest and is expanding into the Southern Plains. The mercury will once again soar well above 100 in interior areas of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. A strong ridge of high pressure is located across the region, pushing temperatures well above average. Heat Alerts have already been issued into Saturday. Several record highs have been set this week.

The heat is being driven by a big ridge of high pressure anchored across the Southwest, leading to a widespread sinking air. Remember, when air rapidly sinks, it compresses. That leads to air molecules moving faster. The friction from those invisible rapidly-moving air particles is what you feel as heat!

There will be little relief felt even in the overnight from the dangerous heat, so make sure you have a way to stay cool and a plan in place in case of power outages. Temperatures will be around 10 to 15 degrees above average into Saturday. Highs will reach 100 to 110 in several areas.

When extreme heat is in the forecast, be sure to take precautions to avoid heat related illness. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcoholic beverages. Avoid prolonged sunshine and work during the cooler parts of the day, such as the early morning or in the evening. If you have to be outside during the afternoon hours, take plenty of breaks in the shade, wear light colored & loose-fitting clothing, and learn to recognize the signs of heat stroke.

For more on heat safety, here’s a handful of tips to help keep you and your family (and your pets!) safe. WeatherNation will keep you up-to-date on the latest forecasts and alerts for the Southwest. Check back with us for updates.

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Meredith is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist as designated by the American Meteorological Society.  She was born and raised in Cleveland but has worked from coast to coast covering almost every type of weather.  Meredith is a weather, space, and STEM journalist and has been live out in the field during destructive tropical storms on the Gulf Coast of Florida, raging wildfires in Southern Cali... Load Morefornia, and covered the wreckage from tornadoes in the Great Plains. In 2009, she reported on the damaging hail storm during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and in 2017, the historic California winter storms that produced record rain totals and devastating flash flooding.  Prior to joining WeatherNation, Meredith worked at KEYT/KKFX in Santa Barbara, CA, KOTA-TV in Rapid City, SD, WWSB-TV in Sarasota, FL, and began her career as an intern at WGN-TV in Chicago.  She was Santa Barbara's "Favorite Weathercaster of the Year" in 2016 and the Community Partner of the Year in 2017 for her volunteer work with Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties and awarded with the 2018 Valparaiso University Alumni Association First Decade Achievement Award. Meredith is the current chair of the American Meteorological Society's Station Scientist Committee, which focuses on raising greater awareness & outreach when it comes to science education for viewers.  She's also an accomplished journalist, producing weather and science stories including rocket launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the new GOES-16 satellite and it's impacts on weather forecasting.  Meredith was personally invited by NASA's Johnson Space Center to interview astronauts on the International Space Station and was the only meteorologist in the nation to do an exclusive report accompanying the GOES-West satellite from Colorado to Florida, reporting on and covering it's launch in 2018.  Meredith's also worked on features that took her paragliding along the coast, white water rafting in Northern California, learning to surf in the Pacific Ocean, and how to be an aerial photographer while flying a single engine plane! Say hi on Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIn!

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