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The record temperatures expected in the southern United States during the heat wave, they will continue to worsen the deepening drought, and will create difficult conditions to fight fires, as an intense heat wave will be felt during this weekend.
“We’re expecting temperatures above normal and what that means for fires is generally unstable conditions,” Todd Shoemake, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, told CNN. “So if you start to see a fire grow, a lot of times it can get quite explosive and gain energy and heat very quickly.”
The cities of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Roswell, New Mexico have the potential to tie or break records of heat this weekend and early next week, making weather conditions in the Calf Canyon/Hermits wildfire even more severe.
High temperatures may not reach record levels in Southern Californiawhere there are communities that were evacuated due to the coastal fire that affected Laguna Niguel this week.
Still, many in California will be at least 10 degrees above normal. When you combine that with gusts of wind, strenuous conditions are created for firefighters who are already very busy this year.
“The high temperatures are difficult for our firefighters,” Isaac Sánchez, chief of communications for the CalFire battalion, told CNN. “Just existing in those conditions is more difficult. Our ability to fight a fire for a long time and the resilience of our firefighters are affected.”
“Heat peaks in the Plains and Midwest today and tomorrow, but abnormal heat is expected to remain through early next week across much of the nation,” according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Heat spreads across the southern US.
From Arizona to Louisiana More than a dozen cities are expected to break record temperatures this weekend. From Phoenix to Amarillo, Texas, it is expected that those records hit triple digits.
The heat wave will last until next week. Some areas of Texas could break daily records for high temperatures every day for at least the next seven days.
starting on Sunday, Roswell, New Mexico and Midland and Odessa in Texas will see high temperatures of up to 100 degrees and they will remain there until at least Thursday of next week.
For much of East Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, the concern is not just the temperatures themselves, but the prolonged period of time in which the heat will be maintained.
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