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Record Highs Broken: West Heat Continues

8 May 2020, 4:00 pm

Last weekend had an extensive list of record highs that were either tied or broken across the Southwest eastward into Texas and this weekend is no exception. Several records were set on Friday from Texas to California, Oregon to Washington.

Fortunately the heat bubble will shrink on Saturday in the Southwest with a slight shift in the weather pattern. However, an Excessive Heat Warning will remain in effect for the Death Valley, CA area.

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!

Highs will continue to be above the century point in the deserts, with 90s found elsewhere. Several records will likely fall into this weekend, even into the Northwest.

For more on heat safety, here’s a handful of tips to help keep you and your family (and your pets!) safe. Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the heat across the Southwest.

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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.  She's been live out in the field during destructive tropical storms on the Gulf Coast of Florida, raging wildfires in Southern California, and covered the wreckage from tornadoes in t... Load Morehe 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 co-chairs the American Meteorological Society Station Scientist Committee, which focuses on raising greater awareness & outreach when it comes to science education for viewers.  She's also an accomplished reporter, 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'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!

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