HOT STUFF: Record heat For Western states - KMSP-TV

HOT STUFF: Record heat For Western states

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As we continue to deal with a cooler than normal start to summer, it is heating up out west. Record high temps, some of which are all time records, could fall from Arizona to California. Why are things heating up out west? It has to do with the same thing that is keeping us cool this year, the position of the Jetstream, that river of air that steers our weather patterns. This weekend the jet is on steroids and taking off to the north in the west and dipping to the south in the east.

This surge northward allows for high pressure to build and for the heat to build. The sun's energy is strong and heats up the atmosphere. The high actually compresses the air downward and that sinking air begins to heat. Since that high will sit in place for almost a week, the air just gets hotter and hotter.

Death Valley , Phoenix, and Las Vegas are just a few of the western cities looking to challenge record highs this weekend. Death Valley is known for hot temps, as its low elevation and lack of moisture, allow for the sun to concentrate all its energy on solar heating.

Here is a list of the all-time record highs for a few select cities along with the forecast high for this weekend. I thought it would be fun to put in the Twin Cities just for a comparison.

It's a dry heat really doesn't cut it when it's this hot! Think of this the next time you're out shoveling in below zero temps.


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