Friday, June 19, 2015

Heat Wave Coming!

Now that we have the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill leaving Region 8, it's time to start focusing on a heat wave for next week! A couple of notes:
  • This is NOT a record breaking heat wave for "high" temperatures.
  • HOWEVER, we could break a record for the "warmest low" temperatures.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday should be the hottest days.
The image below is the current upper-level pattern. There is an upper-level high sitting in southern California right now. That high pressure is moving our way:

Now, let's fast-forward to Tuesday when that ridge of high pressure is on top of Region 8:
The pattern seen in the above image is a HOT, summer pattern. Most of the south will be dominated by high pressure aloft. This means sinking air and very low rain chances. This also means the air will be "squeezed" causing what we call "compressional heating". The end result is high temperatures in the mid and upper 90s. Some parts of the state might even hit 100.

Don't worry, it appears we will get a little relief heading into next weekend as the ridge of high pressure retreats west. The image below is NEXT weekend... 8 days out:

Get ready to crank up the AC!

1 comment:

Barry Wright said...

Does this mean the humidity will be lower?