Heat Dome Sits Over the Four Corners

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17 Jul 2024 5:25 PM

A stagnant ridge of high pressure has led to weeks of endless heat across the southwestern U.S. Although above-average heat continues, some slightly cooler air is in the forecast as monsoonal moisture returns for some to drop temperatures slightly and closer to seasonable. The ridge of high pressure responsible for the extreme heat has been sitting over the West Coast since the beginning of July and has shifted slightly to now sit over the 4 Corners region.

Unfortunately, if you are looking for relief, the forecast does not have it in the immediate future. Excessive heat watches have been issued for the deserts of California into Nevada and Arizona for this weekend.

The Climate Prediction Center highlights much of the West Coast and Southeast for much above average through the middle of July. However, some cooler air could arrive next week for spots from Texas into the Northeast!

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