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Hot Temperatures Continue in the Southwest and Southern Plains

Widespread heat was found throughout the West last week and it continues to encompass the Southwest and southern Plains this week. This summer has been very hot especially in Arizona, where Phoenix has seen high temperatures above 110 degrees already 30+ days this year.

The huge heat wave has been created by a big bubble of high pressure across the western United States. This hot bubble will instigate sinking air, which in turn causes the falling air to get considerably hotter and drier. More record highs were tied and/or broken earlier this week.

Triple digit highs will be widespread across the Southwest. These readings are around 5 to 10 degrees above average for this time of year. A few areas in Arizona and Texas are under heat alerts.

Because the heat dome will cover the West, it will also lead to poorer air quality. The weather setup traps low level smoke and haze and can reduce the freshness of the air. Limit outdoor time if you’re more sensitive to the subpar air quality.

Take this heat seriously by drinking extra water, limiting strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day, and always checking your vehicle to make sure no child, adult, or animal is left behind in hot cars. Friday temperatures will still be hot. Here’s a closer look at some of the local, toasty details!

WeatherNation will keep you up-to-date on the latest alerts and forecasts across the West.

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Mace was born and raised in Minnesota, where his intrigue for weather and broadcasting grew at a young age. His 30 years in broadcasting have taken him all across the Midwest and in the South. During high school and college, Mace first worked at a number of radio stations which helped pay tuition bills and get him ready for a career in television. His first TV Meteorology job was in Wausau, WI, fo... Load Morellowed by stops in Grand Rapids, MI, Fort Myers, FL, Tampa, FL, Cedar Rapids, IA and then across the country on WeatherNation. Mace is one of our Digital Meteorologists, posting weather stories on our website and social media accounts.

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