Excessive and dangerous heat has overtaken the central US and is spreading to the East Coast this weekend. If this heat blows to the northeast, several consecutive days over 90 degrees are likely. Hot temperatures will continue over the next week and possibly until July 4th.
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Denver reached 105 degrees on Thursday, tying everything to -time record-high temperature.
Today, heat builds from the central US with heat index values well over 1
Today is expected to be the first day of a multi-day heat wave in New York City.
The heat will only push a little further east Saturday with much of the Midwest, Southern and Appalachians seeing heat index values near 100 degrees or higher. On Sunday, the heat is in the northeast with heat index values over 100 degrees by Washington, D.C. to New York and Hartford, Connecticut, to Albany, New York, and Burlington, Vermont.
Actual temperatures will cross the Northeast this weekend until well into the 1990s, meaning parts of the Northeast will experience their first heat wave of the season.
The heat looks like it will stick next week, with hot northeast temperatures at least until July 4th.
Storm in the north
Storm will start later today in the Northern Plains, from Rapid City, South Dakota, to Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is not expected that the harsh weather will be as bad as it was on Thursday, but stronger winds, big hail and short tornadoes will be possible.
The best chances for this harsh weather are in the easy risk zone from Wyoming to northern Wisconsin. All slow-moving thunderstorms could cause flooding in this region.
Tomorrow there will be a chance for bad weather from Kansas to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with strong winds and big hail as the main threat. Flash flooding is once again a problem with slow-moving storms.
There are currently 54 major forest fires in the western United States from New Mexico to Alaska – with most of the fires in Alaska.
The spring bonfire in Costilla County, Colorado, has burned 4,000 acres – several houses burned in the county. The County Commissioners' Costilla Board has declared parts of the county a disaster area. The fire is contained at 0 percent, and some evacuations remain for parts of this district.
It will be another day of very warm temperatures in much of the West, with three-digit spots probably from the deserts of Southern California to Colorado and New Mexico. Temperatures in today's parts of California's interior will reach almost 100 degrees.
Juggernurns, locally over 40 mph, low relative humidity and high heat will bring the next round of high fires in parts of the west from Northern California to Colorado. Of particular concern to today's development of fire are southern Utah and southwestern Colorado.