Heat wave: What's behind this summer's record heat?
Heat wave conditions are likely to continue into August. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is forecasting a continuation of the heat wave – hotter-than-normal temperatures across the Desert Southwest and points east across the Deep South.
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Meanwhile, in the neighboring state of Texas, researchers at Texas A&M University have just determined that during the period running from February through June, the statewide average precipitation measured a paltry 4.26 inches (10.8 centimeters), making this the driest stretch of weather for this six-month stretch ever recorded in the Lone Star State, besting the old February to June record of 6.45 inches (16.38 cm) set in 1917.Skip to next paragraph
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When will it end?
For the balance of this week, it appears that the hottest temperatures now centered over the central United States will be spreading eastward. A small bubble of slightly drier and slightly cooler air might temporarily hold the heat at bay over parts of the Northeast during Tuesday and Wednesday, but by Thursday, the extreme heat will be working its way into New York State and New England and as the week comes to a close on Friday, triple-digit temperatures will be possible even into parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Meanwhile the central states will continue to broil with no relief in sight.
Looking into the proverbial meteorological crystal ball from now through the balance of the summer season, the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is forecasting a continuation of hotter-than-normal temperatures across the Desert Southwest and points east across the Deep South. Below-normal temperatures are forecast over the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains, where wetter-than-normal conditions are anticipated. Above normal precipitation is also forecast for much of Florida and near and along the Southeast and Middle Atlantic States.
The CPC also notes that while atmospheric circulation anomalies still reflect aspects of La Niña, which had a significant impact on last winter's weather across the nation, sea surface temperatures across the equatorial Pacific Ocean have now reverted back to near-average, a condition that is expected to continue into the upcoming fall season.
Beat the heat
A weather palindrome perhaps says it best: Too hot to hoot.
So until a significant pattern change in the atmosphere occurs — and by the looks of things that likely won't happen before August arrives — you can try to beat the heat by slowing down. Even those who become acclimated to the heat and are in good health should stop strenuous activities or wait until the coolest part of the day (usually early in the morning). Spend as much time as possible in air conditioned places.
Elderly people or others most in danger from the heat should stay in the coolest place possible. Check to see if there are any cooling centers available in your town or community.
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