Sixth day of Western Heat Extends into Central US, Rain for the East


A sixth consecutive day of heat in the West and the hot temperatures will move towards the nation’s midsection today, while three systems in the Atlantic may become tropical storms this week, rain in the East.

6th consecutive day of heat in the West, moves toward central US

As the heat wave in the West continues for its sixth consecutive day, the hot temperatures will stretch farther east affecting parts of the northern Rockies and central US where temperatures will climb into the high 90s on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued heat alerts for the following areas:

Excessive heat warning: southwestern Idaho; north-central, central, southern, southeastern and desert areas of California; southern Nevada; western, central, southern and east central Utah; western, northern, central, southwestern and southeastern Arizona.

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

3 systems in Atlantic may become tropical storms this week

Three tropical disturbances developing in the Atlantic could become named storms this week.

A system currently in the Caribbean Sea has an 80% chance of development by the NHC over the next 5 days, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Sun-Sentinel reported.

A second system in the central Atlantic Ocean is being given a 90% chance of development over the next 2-5 days, Wink News reported.

A third system off the western coast of Africa has a 20% chance of development.

Today’s thunderstorm outlook

Expect scattered thunderstorms over parts of the northern Rockies and Southwest. Thunderstorms will be more prevalent along the Gulf Coast, through the South and Southeast and along the Atlantic coast into the Northeast.

Mostly clear throughout the central US and Ohio Valley.

US weather forecast: August 19, 2020

West: San Francisco 77, partly cloudy; Los Angeles 95, partly cloudy; San Diego 82, partly cloudy; Reno 96, sunny; Las Vegas 114, mostly sunny; Salt Lake City 101, partly cloudy; Denver 95, thunderstorms.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 81, partly cloudy; Medford 94, partly cloudy; Boise 95, partly cloudy; Cut Bank 90, partly cloudy; Billings 94, partly cloudy; Minot 98, mostly sunny; Rapid City 96, partly cloudy; Cheyenne 89, rain.

Southwest: Phoenix 114, mostly sunny; Tucson 108, sunny; Albuquerque 97, thunderstorms; El Paso 100, sunny; San Antonio 101, mostly sunny; Brownsville 98, partly cloudy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 96, partly cloudy; Dallas 94, sunny; Oklahoma City 86, mostly sunny; Kansas City 83, mostly sunny; Minneapolis 85, partly cloudy; Madison 82, sunny.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 77, sunny; St. Louis 81, sunny; Detroit 76, mostly sunny; Cincinnati 80, sunny; Indianapolis 80, sunny.

South: Houston 97, sunny; New Orleans 90, thunderstorms; Memphis 86, partly cloudy; Birmingham 91, thunderstorms; Atlanta 87, thunderstorms; Charlotte 86, thunderstorms; Jacksonville 88, thunderstorms; Tampa 87, thunderstorms; Miami 86, thunderstorms.

East: Norfolk 87, thunderstorms; Washington, D.C. 84, rain; Philadelphia 82, rain; Buffalo 74, mostly sunny; New York City 79, thunderstorms; Boston 77, partly cloudy; Caribou 73, partly cloudy.