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Temperatures expected to reach record highs this week as heatwave hits southwest

A stifling heatwave is expected to sweep the southwest this week, with temperatures predicted to reach 20 degrees above average. 

Meteorologists have warned ‘dozens of record highs’ could be broken across California, Nevada, and Arizona beginning on Tuesday and over the coming days.

Excessive heat warnings have been issued from Sacramento, Fresno, Las Vegas, to Phoenix and surrounding regions, where temperatures will reach well over the 100F degree mark. 

In the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, temperatures are forecast to hit between 103 and 106 degrees on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather.

Meteorologists have warned 'dozens of record highs' could be broken across California, Nevada, and Arizona beginning on Tuesday and over the coming days

Meteorologists have warned 'dozens of record highs' could be broken across California, Nevada, and Arizona beginning on Tuesday and over the coming days

Meteorologists have warned ‘dozens of record highs’ could be broken across California, Nevada, and Arizona beginning on Tuesday and over the coming days 

Excessive heat warnings have been issued from Sacramento, Fresno, Las Vegas, to Phoenix and surrounding regions, where temperatures will reach well over the 100F degree mark

Excessive heat warnings have been issued from Sacramento, Fresno, Las Vegas, to Phoenix and surrounding regions, where temperatures will reach well over the 100F degree mark

Excessive heat warnings have been issued from Sacramento, Fresno, Las Vegas, to Phoenix and surrounding regions, where temperatures will reach well over the 100F degree mark

In the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, temperatures are forecast to hit between 103 and 106 degrees on Tuesday

In the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, temperatures are forecast to hit between 103 and 106 degrees on Tuesday

In the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, temperatures are forecast to hit between 103 and 106 degrees on Tuesday

Meanwhile in southern California, particularly in Palm Springs, residents are set to bake in 110F degree weather – just four degrees short of the city’s daily record.

The heat is expected to spread eastward by Thursday, which is likely to be the hottest day of the heatwave, and stick around for the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Great Lakes into the interior Northeast can expect high temperatures 10 to 25 degrees above average through Wednesday.

Temperatures will likely approach or even exceed 90 degrees, which could also set records. 

A slow-moving upper-level low should cause below normal temperatures in the Southern Plains for the next few days, and rainfall and cloudiness may keep temperatures more moderate from Southeast Coast into the southern Mid-Atlantic states. 

‘Temperatures will start to back off for the San Joaquin Valley on Friday, but it will still remain higher than normal as the temperatures will be closer to 100 than 110,’ AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Heather Zehr said.  

Brutally hot weather has also been predicted for the Midwest (records pictured) and parts of the Northeast

Brutally hot weather has also been predicted for the Midwest (records pictured) and parts of the Northeast

Brutally hot weather has also been predicted for the Midwest (records pictured) and parts of the Northeast

'Albany and Syracuse, New York; Burlington, Vermont; Concord, New Hampshire; and Caribou and Bangor, Maine, could all challenge record-high temperatures (records depicted above) this week,' AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff said

'Albany and Syracuse, New York; Burlington, Vermont; Concord, New Hampshire; and Caribou and Bangor, Maine, could all challenge record-high temperatures (records depicted above) this week,' AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff said

‘Albany and Syracuse, New York; Burlington, Vermont; Concord, New Hampshire; and Caribou and Bangor, Maine, could all challenge record-high temperatures (records depicted above) this week,’ AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff said 

Needles, California, is forecast to reach 116 degrees on Thursday, which would break the previous daily record of 115 from 1968. 

Brutally hot weather has also been predicted for the Midwest and parts of the Northeast.

‘Albany and Syracuse, New York; Burlington, Vermont; Concord, New Hampshire; and Caribou and Bangor, Maine, could all challenge record-high temperatures this week,’ AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff said

According to Duff, the aforementioned states will see highs between 80s to middle 90s, which would be about 15-25 degrees above normal for the last week of May.

The high temperatures come at a time when several states are easing or lifting lockdown restrictions brought on by the coronavirus.

Americans crowded parks and beaches and threw pool parties during the Memorial Day weekend. 

Sun-seekers, who will likely head outside to enjoy more warm weather this week, have been warned to practice social distancing.  

The high temperatures come at a time when several states are easing or lifting lockdown restrictions brought on by the coronavirus. Thousands flocked to beaches in California over the weekend

The high temperatures come at a time when several states are easing or lifting lockdown restrictions brought on by the coronavirus. Thousands flocked to beaches in California over the weekend

The high temperatures come at a time when several states are easing or lifting lockdown restrictions brought on by the coronavirus. Thousands flocked to beaches in California over the weekend 

Americans crowded parks and beaches and threw pool parties during the Memorial Day weekend (Huntington Beach, California, is pictured)

Americans crowded parks and beaches and threw pool parties during the Memorial Day weekend (Huntington Beach, California, is pictured)

Americans crowded parks and beaches and threw pool parties during the Memorial Day weekend (Huntington Beach, California, is pictured)

Sun-seekers, who will likely head outside to enjoy more warm weather this week, have been warned to practice social distancing. Hundreds of visitors gathered on the beach Sunday in Newport Beach, California

Sun-seekers, who will likely head outside to enjoy more warm weather this week, have been warned to practice social distancing. Hundreds of visitors gathered on the beach Sunday in Newport Beach, California

Sun-seekers, who will likely head outside to enjoy more warm weather this week, have been warned to practice social distancing. Hundreds of visitors gathered on the beach Sunday in Newport Beach, California

Parts of New York (pictured) also see temperatures between the 80s and 90s this week

Parts of New York (pictured) also see temperatures between the 80s and 90s this week

Parts of New York (pictured) also see temperatures between the 80s and 90s this week

Over the weekend, sheriff’s deputies and beach patrols tried to make sure people kept their distance from others as they soaked up the rays on the sand and at parks and other recreation sites around the country.

In the Tampa area along Florida’s Gulf Coast, the crowds were so big that authorities took the extraordinary step of closing parking lots because they were full.

On the Sunday, Dr Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said she was ‘very concerned’ about scenes of people crowding together over the weekend.

‘We really want to be clear all the time that social distancing is absolutely critical. And if you can´t social distance and you´re outside, you must wear a mask,’ she said on ABC’s This Week. 

Birx’s warning came as the US nears 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus. The US is already reporting more than 1.7 million confirmed cases.  

In Missouri, people packed bars and restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks, a vacation spot popular with Chicagoans, over the weekend. 

One video showed a crammed pool where vacationers lounged close together without masks.

At New York’s Orchard Beach in the Bronx, kids played with toys, and people sat in folding chairs. Some wore winter coats on a cool and breezy day, and many wore masks and sat apart from others.

Source: dailymail US

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