Record-Setting Heat Continues for West, Central US and South

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Scorching temperatures continue in the West amid widespread heat alerts, also hot in the Central US and South, while thunderstorms will span the southern corridor to the East Coast, and severe storms for eastern Oregon.

Heat alerts for 9 Western states

The fourth day of a heat wave continues for the West where scorching temperatures have prompted numerous heat alerts by the National Weather Service (NWS).

Excessive heat warning: southeast Washington; northeast and southwest Oregon; northern and southwestern Idaho; northern, central and southern California, as well as eastern deserts; northern, central and southern Nevada; eastern, central and southern Utah; northwestern, central, southeastern and southwestern Arizona.

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

Record-setting heat in Death Valley

Yesterday, Death Valley, California, reached the highest temperature on earth at 130 degrees. Once verified, it could make it the hottest August date recorded since 1913, as well as the potential of being the highest temperature ever recorded on earth, CNN reports.

Thunderstorm forecast for Monday

Thunderstorms will stretch across the southern corridor of the US from California’s eastern deserts, across the Southwest and through the nation’s midsection, along the Gulf Coast and straight up the entirety of the Eastern seaboard.

Scattered thunderstorms will also stretch up into parts of the Midwest over Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. Farther east, scattered thunderstorms will affect parts of Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

To the West, thunderstorms for parts of northern and east-central California, and stretching northward into northwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon, where severe thunderstorms have been forecast by the NWS.

US weather forecast: August 17, 2020

West: San Francisco 76, mostly cloudy; Los Angeles 93, partly cloudy; San Diego 81, partly cloudy; Reno 96, thunderstorms; Las Vegas 115, mostly sunny; Salt Lake City 101, sunny; Denver 96, mostly sunny.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 87, partly cloudy; Medford 101, partly cloudy; Boise 101, partly cloudy; Cut Bank 95, partly cloudy; Billings 102, mostly sunny; Minot 89, mostly sunny; Rapid City 95, partly cloudy; Cheyenne 90, partly cloudy.

Southwest: Phoenix 115, mostly sunny; Tucson 108, partly cloudy; Albuquerque 93, partly cloudy; El Paso 98, partly cloudy; San Antonio 98, thunderstorms; Brownsville 97, mostly sunny.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 94, partly cloudy; Dallas 95, partly cloudy; Oklahoma City 91, sunny; Kansas City 86, sunny; Minneapolis 76, partly cloudy; Madison 80, partly cloudy.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 81, partly cloudy; St. Louis 89, mostly sunny; Detroit 81, thunderstorms; Cincinnati 86, mostly sunny; Indianapolis 86, rain.

South: Houston 96, thunderstorms; New Orleans 91, mostly sunny; Memphis 93, sunny; Birmingham 91, partly cloudy Atlanta 88, partly cloudy; Charlotte 85, thunderstorms; Jacksonville 88, thunderstorms; Tampa 88, thunderstorms; Miami 89, mostly sunny.

East: Norfolk 81, partly cloudy; Washington, D.C. 84, thunderstorms; Philadelphia 83, rain; Buffalo 77, thunderstorms; New York City 82, rain; Boston 72, partly cloudy; Caribou 78, partly cloudy.