The National Weather Service has described the expected heat wave as “extreme even by desert standards.”
Deathly Heat Wave
California and the desert Southwest are to face dangerously hot temperatures again starting today (Tuesday). Excessive heat warnings have been raised in time for the summer. Affected areas will be all of California, Arizona, parts of Utah, Nevada and New Mexico.
Ari Sarsalari, meteorologist with The Weather Channel, explained “It takes a lot for the weather service to put out excessive heat warnings for that part of the country, so you know it’s going to be pretty darned hot.”
Phoenix is expected to beat its all-time highest temperature today. Forecaster predicts a high of 122 degrees. The heat was so extreme on Monday (118 degrees), at Phoenix Sky Harbor International, American Airlines canceled 45 flights for today.
American Airline’s manager of tower operations in Sky Harbor, Kevin McCarthy said that the heat is “coming off the concrete… it’s coming odd the equipment.”
NBC station KVOA announced that Tucson, Arizona got so hot that a camera that was filming beef cooking in the broiling sun, stopped working altogether.
Las Vegas expected to reach 117 degrees according the weather services.
There is high pressure sweeping across the Southwest, which is expected to keep building through midweek. June is known to be the hottest time in the region. Sarsalari adds “this year, there’s an especially strong ridge in place where it’s making it extremely hot – hot for even this part of the country.”
Steven Greenlee, a spokesman for California’s network of independent power operators, informed NBC that the electricity usage will increase and will impact as far up north as Washington and as far east as Colorado.
“The grid is all interconnected between all of these regions. We’re not just an island here in California.”
Gulf of Mexico should expect a totally different weather trend this week. National Weather service stated that there is a potential tropical cyclone with at least winds of 40 mph.
The storm moved northwest late Monday and the weather service expects it to reach Louisiana coast by Wednesday. Southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle should expect about 10 inches of rain Wednesday.