Jun 26, 2013 1:05 PM by Dave Hovde

An already warm forecast gets warmer

I have actually upped the temperatures in the forecast for the interior, 110 is possible in the valleys with low to mid 90s at coastal valleys by the weekend.

A ridge of high pressure currently over Texas will strengthen into the strongest ridge of the year and slide into the southwest Wednesday through Friday. By Friday high temperatures exceeding 100 degrees are likely over the coastal valleys and lower mountains with near record high temperatures approaching or exceeding 110 degrees over the hottest interior valleys.

The ridge will remain anchored in place through much of next week which means that these high temperatures will change very little from this weekend well into next week possibly extending into the Fourth of July holiday.

The forecast for immediate coastal will be very difficult as a strong but shallow marine layer will likely be around with fog and visibility concerns. There is a chance however that breezy northerly flow over the weekend will disrupt the marine layer which would really warm up the coastal areas.

This extended period of hot conditions will result in an increased risk of heat related illness take the needed precautions now in anticipation of this heat event. In addition with very dry vegetation fire danger will also be on the rise. Be extra cautious with outdoor activities that may result in fire ignitions.



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