INCREASED RISK OF WILDFIRES DUE TO HEATWAVE
The NWS in California’s Bay Area tweeted: “The first real heat event of 2021 will impact the Bay Area Wed->Fri. Dangerous and near record-breaking heat will be possible. Heat impacts will be mainly inland.”
Palmdale in California broke a 1966 record of 105F to hit 107 degrees.
Temperatures in Death Valley could reach 123F by Wednesday – just 10 degrees shy of the all-time of 134F recorded in 1913, according to the National Park Service.
The NWS warned: “Dozens (possibly hundreds) of daily record high maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be set over the next few days in California, the Intermountain West, Desert Southwest, Rockies, and Central/Northern Plains.”
The high temperatures increase the risk of wildfires.
Long periods of heat are known as heat domes. They are formed when vast areas of sweltering heat become trapped under a high-pressure dome.
The larger a heat dome grows, the longer the heatwave lasts.
On Sunday, temperatures in Tucson and Safford, Arizona soared to 112F and 113F.
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