Dangerous hot conditions and triple-digit temperatures are forecast in the western United States this week, leading to a wave of warnings against excessive heat and heat advice from Central California and Nevada to Washington.
Temperatures were forecast for Wednesday 107 in the San Joaquin Valley in central California, according to the National Weather Service. While the temperature in Fresno for this time of year was 16 to 18 degrees above normal, they did not break records. The high temperature in Fresno was 104 on Tuesday and it is predicted that it will reach similar heights on Wednesday.
In Redding, Northern California, temperatures reached 107 on Tuesday, a day after peaking at 109 and breaking the previous record of 103 set in 2016. meteorologists said. A warning for excessive heat will remain in effect against parts of the valley and foothills until Thursday highs about 100 to 105.
In Nevada, Las Vegas has its first 100 degree day of the year on Monday, followed by another three-digit day – 103 – on Tuesday. It is predicted that it will be 105 on Wednesday and 106 on Thursday. The weather service said areas around the city and just across the California state line in Death Valley would be under an excessive heat warning. Temperatures could rise to 119 in Death Valley.
Extensive heat advice is also in effect until Thursday night for central and southeastern Washington, said the Weather Service. High temperatures can reach the upper 90s or lower 100s. Similar sweltering conditions are predicted portions of Oregon, where temperatures could reach 105.
Seattle peaked at 86 degrees on Tuesday, not reaching the 94-degree daily record. However, on June 1, the city reached only four percent of the time over the past 75 years on June 1.
Warm weather is also forecast for Montana over Wednesday and Thursday with high temperatures climbing into the upper 80s and above 90s. Meteorologists said that high temperatures can be 15 to 25 degrees above normal.
Warmer than average temperatures are the trend in recent memory. According to European climate researchers, 2016 recorded 2016 as the warmest year. To complicate matters, there is a severe drought that is plaguing the entire western half of the United States, from the Pacific coast, across the Great Basin and the southwestern desert, and through the Rockies to the Northern Plains.
Meteorologists have advised residents to stay hydrated, wear light clothing when outdoors, limit outside exposure, and look for signs of heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Older adults and children are the most vulnerable, the weather service said.
A recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change suggested that more than a third of heat-related deaths in many parts of the world could be attributed to the extra warming associated with climate change. The research found that heat-related deaths in hot seasons were increased by climate change by an average of 37 percent, within an increase of 20 to 76 percent.
Claire Fahy reported.