The intense heat and accompanying lightning storm sparked more than 900 wildfires in California, including the second and third largest fires in state history (both are still blazing).
The state, as well as Arizona and Nevada, are expected to see a record breaking heat wave this Labor Day weekend.
That’s especially true because the heat is expected to be caused by a high-pressure atmospheric area moving over the western U. S. , created by changes in the powerful weather-steering winds known as the jet stream.
These extreme temperatures are expected to blanket the Southwest just two weeks after the region saw another heat wave smashed records.
NWS also warned that this weekend’s heat and fires could bring energy outages to the state, as more people close their windows to keep the smoke out and turn on air conditioners.
That means some may be forced to weather the heat and fires without power, another unfortunate similarity to the last heat wave.
All of this heat could spark even more fires across the region, which has already seen 1. 5 million acres burned down since August 15.
Thankfully, this heat wave is not expected to last as long as that last one.
Or at least get a semi-reflective 2nd roof put above your offices so that the A/C bill is lower! (What, we’re working from home still? Ok, put that heat shield above your house or apartment. I dunno what landlords or HOAs might say…
On Saturday, temperatures are predicted to climb to 15 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (27 to 36 degrees Celsius) above normal or higher, with some parts of the Los Angeles area expected to reach up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46. 1 degrees Celsius).
In fact, according to the National Weather Service (NWS)—which called the coming heat “dangerous”—some areas might get even hotter than they did then.
The NWS has issued excessive heat warnings across most of the state as well as parts of Arizona, Nevada, and Oregon.
While there’s no storms that sparked with the state fire agency called a “lightning siege” this time around, most fires in the West are started by human activities so the risk remains high.