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First Alert Weather Alert this week for dangerous heatwave

WHY THE FIRST ALERT WEATHER ALERT:

A ridge of high pressure has settled into the Four Corners region. This setup is bringing excessive heat to much of the Desert Southwest.

That ridge is also pulling moisture up from the Southeast, so dew points are higher than normal and humidity values are uncomfortable. Evaporative coolers are likely to struggle in efficiency today as well. Cooling centers are open throughout the Valley, don't hesitate to use them!

An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for the Coachella Valley through 9:00 p.m. Sunday, with highs expected to climb up to 120° on the valley floor. These continuous hot temperatures will create dangerous conditions for an extended period next week, especially for those who work outdoors.

The Coachella Valley isn't alone in this heatwave. An Excessive Heat Warning (areas in pink) is in effect across Southern California and Arizona. The risk of wildfires is higher this week due to the high heat and very dry conditions that currently plague the Western United States.

Because of the widespread dangers associated with the prolonged heat, the First Alert Weather team has issued a First Alert Weather Alert to coincide with the timing of the Excessive Heat Warning.

What can you do during the heatwave?

Limit your exposure outside, walk pets early in the day or late in the evening to avoid hot pavement and burnt paws, stay hydrated, and check on the young and elderly (both age groups have trouble regulating body heat).

Moisture will continue to flow into Southern California Thursday, creating an environment conducive for thunderstorm development. While rainfall is expected to be light wherever it falls over the mountains or High Desert, the main concern is lightning.

In the low desert, Thursday will continue to be a humid day with dew point temperatures in the 50s but should drop a bit by later afternoon as slightly drier air works its way into the region.

We won't begin to feel any relief from this heatwave until next week, when temperature drop closer to average.

RECORDS:

PALM SPRINGS
Tuesday record (06/15): 116° (1961) -- NEW RECORD OF 120° (2021)
Wednesday record (06/16): 118° (1993)
Thursday record (06/17): 116° (1961)
Friday record (06/18): 117° (2017)

THERMAL
Tuesday record (06/15): 118° (1961)
Wednesday record (06/16): 115° (1974)
Thursday record (06/17): 114° (2008)
Friday record (06/18): 119° (2015)

Friday gives us another chance to match or break the heat record for both Valley reporting locations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The drought is worsening across the Golden State. Three months ago, the state was reporting 'exceptional drought' conditions at 3.75%. That number is now up to 33.32%. If you'd like to read about the latest Drought Monitor further, click here.

Download the 'KESQ First Alert' Weather App to be sure you have the latest forecast information to keep you and your family safe. It's FREE! Click here.

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Patrick Evans

Patrick Evans is the News Channel 3’s morning and noon meteorologist, and Host of Eye on the Desert, and also hosts afternoon drive on CV 104.3 FM from 2 pm – 6 pm. Learn more about Patrick here.

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Patrick Evans

Patrick Evans is the News Channel 3’s morning and noon meteorologist, and Host of Eye on the Desert, and also hosts afternoon drive on CV 104.3 FM from 2 pm – 6 pm. Learn more about Patrick here.

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Taban Sharifi

Taban Sharifi is a Meteorologist and Reporter with KESQ News Channel 3, The Desert’s News & Weather Leader. Learn more about Taban here.

Taylor Begley

Taylor Begley is a Sports Anchor and Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3. You can also catch her anchoring weather on the weekends. Learn more about Taylor here.

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