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Relentless heat wave to bake the U.S. for "multiple weeks"

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Relentless heat wave to bake the U.S. for "multiple weeks"

A punishing and relentless heat wave is just getting underway in the South, with some spots forecast to  peak above 110 degrees starting this weekend. But the heat will not stay in the South; next week it is forecast to move north and east, spreading 100-degree temperatures across the Ohio Valley and into the Mid-Atlantic.

The National Weather Service is forecasting 75 or more record-high temperatures to be approached or broken from Friday to Tuesday alone, and that number is likely to grow significantly into next week. Early next week a few cities in the Plains states may even flirt with their all-time record highs. However, when all is said and done, the bigger story will likely be how long this heat wave lasts.

Jeff Masters, Ph.D., founder of the popular site Weather Underground and a regular contributor to Yale Climate Connections, says what concerns him most is the prolonged exposure to the heat. "The heat wave will be very long-lived, lasting multiple weeks in some areas with only a few days of near-normal temperatures during that span. This will increase the odds of heat illness and heat-related deaths."

Amarillo, Texas, for example, is embarking on a 10-day stretch of 100+ degrees Fahrenheit, with some days near 110. That's 10 to nearly 20 degrees above the average high temperature of 92.

In the past few years these massive heat outbreaks have become commonly known as heat domes — sprawling areas of high pressure bringing hot and dry conditions for days. Heat domes are best seen in the upper levels of the atmosphere. In the image below, a big mountain of warm air builds and expands, reaching historic heights in the southwestern U.S..


Get ready for this to be blamed on the global warming scam,  the "scientists" have been waiting for a heat wave.

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