Record-Breaking Heat Continues, 30 Wildfires in California


The fifth consecutive day of a heat wave continues to scorch the West, triggering red flag warnings in the Northwest and Northern Rockies, at least 30 wildfires are burning in California; plus, more weather news and forecast.

Heat wave in the West continues for 5th day

Tuesday is the fifth consecutive day of a heat wave that is scorching the West. In California alone, nearly 42 million people are under some type of heat warning, as well as those in 8 other western states including Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Nebraska.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued the following heat alerts for Tuesday.

Excessive heat warning: eastern Washington; northern and southwestern Idaho; northeastern Oregon; northern, central, southern, southeastern and desert areas of California; northern, central and southern Nevada; northern, western, central and south-central Utah; northwestern, western, central, southern and southeast Arizona.

Heat advisory: eastern Washington; northern and southern Idaho; western and north central Montana; western, central, southern, northern and northeastern Nevada; northeastern Utah; Los Angeles area of Southern California; central Arizona.

Red flag warnings and wildfires in West and Northern Rockies

A potent combination of record-breaking heat combined with rare summer thunderstorms has fueled the 30 wildfires currently burning over 120,000 acres across California as of Tuesday morning, CNN reports.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued red flag warnings for the following areas: eastern Oregon; southwestern and southeastern Idaho; central and eastern Montana; northern Wyoming; northwestern South Dakota.

Today’s thunderstorm outlook

Scattered thunderstorms, but mostly dry for majority of the nation, the largest concentration will be over parts of the Northwest and Rockies, Southwest, Mid-South and Southeast, and portions of the Northeast.

Check out the complete forecast at the National Weather Service.

US weather forecast: August 18, 2020

West: San Francisco 76, partly cloudy; Los Angeles 97, mostly sunny; San Diego 83, partly cloudy; Reno 96, partly cloudy; Las Vegas 115, sunny; Salt Lake City 103, mostly sunny; Denver 97, mostly sunny.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 80, mostly sunny; Medford 99, partly cloudy; Boise 97, partly cloudy; Cut Bank 92, partly cloudy; Billings 99, partly cloudy; Minot 93, sunny; Rapid City 98, mostly sunny; Cheyenne 93, partly cloudy.

Southwest: Phoenix 114, mostly sunny; Tucson 108, partly cloudy; Albuquerque 94, mostly sunny; El Paso 97, sunny; San Antonio 99, partly cloudy; Brownsville 97, partly cloudy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 94, sunny; Dallas 96, sunny; Oklahoma City 89, mostly sunny; Kansas City 81, mostly sunny, Minneapolis 80, sunny; Madison 77, sunny.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 75, partly cloudy; St. Louis 82, partly cloudy; Detroit 78, mostly sunny; Cincinnati 77, thunderstorms; Indianapolis 79, rain.

South: Houston 98, mostly sunny; New Orleans 91, partly cloudy; Memphis 89, partly cloudy; Birmingham 93, partly cloudy; Atlanta 90, mostly sunny; Charlotte 88, mostly sunny; Jacksonville 89, thunderstorms; Tampa 88, thunderstorms; Miami 90, partly cloudy.

East: Norfolk 87, mostly sunny; Washington, D.C. 86, sunny; Philadelphia 85, sunny; Buffalo 76, mostly sunny; New York City 86, mostly sunny; Boston 84, mostly sunny; Caribou 66, rain.