Palm Springs and western US reach record temperatures


Two desert iguanas find respite from the heat in the shade of a vehicle in Cathedral City, Calif., on June 12, 2022. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the Coachella Valley as temperatures reached triple digits. .

The thermometer hit 114 degrees Fahrenheit Saturday afternoon in Palm Springs, tying the record for the hottest day set in 2019, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday was a few degrees below the 117-degree record set on this day in 1940, with 112 degrees recorded at 2 p.m.

The readings were just some of the sweltering temperatures expected across the US, with North Carolina expecting all-time highs this week, combined with sweltering humidity.

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Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and California’s Death Valley all saw record temperatures over the weekend as dangerous heat swept across the American Southwest.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix reported a temperature of 114 F, tying the highest record for the date set in 1918.

Las Vegas tied a record for the day set in 1956, with temperatures reaching 109 F. In Colorado, Denver reached 100 F, tying a record set in 2013 for both the high temperature and the first calendar day to reach 100 F.

Excessive heat watches and heat advisories have been issued for parts of Northern California and throughout the Central Valley.

A major heat wave is expected to continue in the US, according to the National Weather Service and other federal agencies.  Eric Holthaus of the Current weather news site said the heat wave will peak on Tuesday for most people.  The heat index was 110°F+ from Florida to the Carolinas, 105°F+ from Texas to Detroit, and 100°F+ for parts of 26 states.  This will be the most intense heat wave for the Carolinas in at least 10 years.  Credit NOAA/NWS

The breeze was also picking up Sunday afternoon in Palm Springs, with a wind advisory taking effect Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Palm Springs, Sky Valley and Thousand Palms, and again at the same time on Monday night. Winds will blow at 20 to 30 mph, gusting to 40 mph.

The southern Coachella Valley won’t be as windy, “but it will still be nice and breezy,” said meteorologist Mark Moede of the San Diego weather service office.

“If you’re trying to land at the Palm Springs airport, you could have potholes,” he added.

Authorities warned people to avoid strenuous outdoor activity as much as possible in the “dangerously hot” conditions, and to keep themselves and their pets hydrated. Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illness, particularly for those who work or participate in outdoor activities.

Other tips from the weather service for hot and windy weather:

  • Be very careful when driving, especially if it is a high-profile vehicle. Secure outdoor items.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and check on family and neighbors.
  • Small children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
  • Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outdoors. Whenever possible, reschedule strenuous activities for the morning or evening.
  • Wear light and loose clothing.
  • Any person overcome by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded place.
  • Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911.
Two desert iguanas find respite from the heat in the shade of a vehicle in Cathedral City, Calif., on June 12, 2022. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the Coachella Valley as temperatures reached triple digits. .

Associated Press contributed to this report.

Janet Wilson is a senior environmental reporter for The Desert Sun and co-author of USA Today’s Climatic Point Newsletter. She can be contacted at [email protected] either @janetwilson66 On twitter




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