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Southwest Scorcher Continues This Week


Looking for a break from the heat in the scorching Southwest? Think again.

A strong ridge of high pressure will keep areas from Palm Springs, California to Las Vegas, Nevada to Tucson, Arizona sweltering in 100°+ temperatures over the next week as the first official week of summer looks to be an exceptionally hot one. Temperatures are expected to remain well above average for this time of year for much of the week, with perhaps another secondary peak in particularly toasty temperatures mid-week as an area of high pressure strengthens over the Southwest.

Temperatures in Phoenix are expected to stay at or above 110° all week, while the mercury in Las Vegas could approach the 110° mark again (it was 113° there on Saturday!) for much of the upcoming week as well.

Hot temperatures, of course, for Phoenix and the desert southwest aren’t unusual for this time of year – Phoenix’s average high temperature for Sunday is 106° – but the longevity of the warm spell has been unusual. Phoenix has been at 110° or more since last Monday, and Las Vegas has recorded above average temperatures for 10 straight days, including Sunday.

This is typically the hottest time of the year across the Southwest as it precedes the mid-to-late summer monsoon season, which often offers slightly cooler temperatures in the form of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Stay WeatherNation for all the latest on the scorching Southwest, and stay cool!

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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