The historic heatwave affecting the western U.S. is breaking some all-time and monthly records in California: yesterday Sacramento broke its all time heat record with 116°F/46.7°C.
🚩 This heatwave is on track to be both the hottest and the longest on record for California and many parts of the West for the month of September.
More than 50 million people are under extreme heat warnings and advisories across the western third of the Lower 48 states.
The heat is relentless, potentially peaking today but sticking around straight through the upcoming weekend.
🔥 This heatwave is further drying out vegetation that was already desiccated from a 22-year-long megadrought.
A widespread region in the West, from California to Washington and eastward across the entire state of Montana is facing significant wildfire threats today.
Firefighters are tackling 56 large fires across the U.S., according to the latest information from the National Interagency Fire Center.
➡️ Numerous daily record high temperatures are still likely to be broken from the northern Rockies and High Plains on south to southern California this week, with central and southern California likely to be the hottest places.
Wednesday’s hottest temperatures compared to normal are expected to setup in the Snake River Valley and Northern High Plains where high temperature departures range between 20-30 degrees above normal.
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