Ian Patrick, FISM News
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the northern and central United States is expected to bear the brunt of yet another heat wave in what has been a year of wild weather worldwide. This will be the fifth recorded heat wave this year.
The NWS also said that Heat Advisories are in effect for certain areas.
Over the Northwest, there is an Excessive Heat Warning over parts of Idaho, eastern Oregon, and the Northern High Plains, where temperatures rise into the 100s through Monday. The 100s will move into Northern Plains, Northern High Plains, and the Midwest on Tuesday and Wednesday. Furthermore, Heat Advisories are currently in effect for portions of the Lower Mississippi Valley and parts of the Southern Plains. Moreover, an Excessive Heat Warning affects the Kansas City metro area.
The NWS also released heat maps from Sunday July 25 to Wednesday July 28 on their Twitter account showcasing the extreme heat. One area in South Dakota is projected to get hit with the heatwave the hardest, reaching as high as 107 degrees Fahrenheit.
Most of the Lower-48 will observe above normal temperatures through at least the first half of the week with a heat wave building into the Northern Plains. Meanwhile, the Southwest and portions of the Northeast will be below average thanks to widespread cloud cover. pic.twitter.com/ZLrwlA0eBx
— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) July 24, 2021
The NWS also notes that the Southwestern region of the U.S. will receive cooler temperatures than usual “thanks to widespread cloud cover.”
The heat wave comes at a time when the U.S. is battling troublesome wildfires throughout the western part of the nation. Recently, the Dixie fire in Butte County near Sacramento has burned 190,000 acres and just joined another wildfire on Saturday making containment much more difficult for firefighters. Evacuations in several communities were triggered in response.