California prepares for another heatwave

California will see a gradual increase in heat throughout the week, hitting the southern part of the state first, followed by extreme heat in northern areas over the long holiday weekend. — Reuters Photo

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 23:42 MYT

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 31 — A record heat wave is expected to hit California on Wednesday, with temperatures reaching 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) in the state’s interior valleys and 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) along the coast over Labor Day weekend. Temperatures are expected to soar to 100 degrees. The National Weather Service (NWS) said:

Excessive heat warnings were issued for much of the state on Tuesday, warning not only of the stress on livestock, but also of the risk of heat stroke for those who are exposed to the heat outdoors for long periods of time. “High temperatures are not uncommon during Labor Day, but this is unusually hot,” said Eric Carth, a meteorologist at the NWS’s Sacramento office.

The heat wave follows prolonged high temperatures just two weeks ago in a state devastated by extreme weather and ongoing drought.

Scientists expect a global increase in high temperatures, droughts and severe storms as man-made climate change progresses. Massive flooding in Pakistan has killed more than 1,000 people and has also flooded parts of the southeastern United States in recent weeks.

The NWS said the heat will gradually increase throughout the week, with the southern part of the state hitting first, followed by a sweltering heat wave in the northern part over the long weekend. Temperatures could hit all-time highs in many parts of the state, including the state capital Sacramento, with mercury likely to hit 112 degrees on Monday and as high as 113 degrees on Tuesday. The extreme heat is caused by a high pressure system that has built up over the southwestern desert and will pass over California in the next few days, Kaas said.

He added that there would be little relief at night, especially in hilly areas.

The heat is expected to hit other parts of the west starting Wednesday, including Washington, Idaho, western Montana and Oregon, said the National Weather Service’s regional office in Utah. Academic and emergency response expert Sarah Rogowski said:

Fire weather warnings have been issued for Modoc and Siskiyou counties in northern California, which are facing a combination of extreme temperatures and high winds, she said. — Reuters California prepares for another heatwave

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