West coast hit by heat wave as temperatures soar to 106 degrees as east coast dries up after wet holiday weekend and braces for hurricane season
- Temperatures peaked at 106 degrees in California on Monday
- Record heat is expected to spread across much of the region on Tuesday
- West Coast heat comes as the northeast dries up from a wet Memorial Day weekend
- Temperatures in New York are expected to return to the 1970s during the week and reach summer temperatures next weekend
The west coast is in the midst of a heat wave with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees over Memorial Day weekend as the northeast dries up from a wet holiday and gears up for hurricane season.
Temperatures soared to 106 degrees on Monday in central California, with much of the central portion of the state under an extreme heat warning, according to the National Weather Service.
That heat is expected to spread through much of the region in the coming days, with Oregon reaching 90 degrees on Tuesday and Las Vegas and Phoenix feeling 105 degrees on Wednesday.
In the Northeast, the swampy weather that plagued Memorial Day Weekend this year seems to have passed, with temperatures forecast to climb into the mid-70s throughout the week and possibly into the 80s and 90s over the weekend.
The changing conditions come as the Atlantic hurricane season starts on Tuesday.
People drowned the beach in Santa Monica over Memorial Day weekend this year as weather hit record temperatures on the west coast
Much of the West Coast is under excessive heat advisory with triple-digit temperatures persisting in central California
The high temperatures initially isolated in central California are expected to spread to the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday
Warm weather is expected to last through the middle of the week
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season, but nothing above the historic level of hurricane activity in 2020.
Experts predict between 13 and 20 named storms, of which six to 10 could become hurricanes with three to five major hurricanes.
Storms require winds of 39 miles per hour or higher to be classed as hurricanes, and 74 miles per hour or more to be classed as hurricanes. Major hurricanes have wind speeds of over 111 miles per hour.
Temperatures are expected to cool in the west this weekend and warm up in the northeast
Still, temperatures in the northeast and west coast are expected to remain above average for most of June
Temperatures in the northeast are expected to return to normal in the spring this week, with summer weather forecast for the weekend
The region was hit by cold, swampy weather last weekend
The National Weather Service attributed the cold, rainy weather to a large area of low pressure hanging over the area
“Now is the time for communities along the coast and inland to prepare for the dangers that hurricanes can bring,” US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said in a statement.
“NOAA’s experts stand ready to provide life-saving early warnings and forecasts to communities, which will also help minimize the economic impact of storms.”
“While NOAA scientists don’t expect this season to be as busy as last year, it only takes one storm to devastate a community,” Acting NOAA Administrator Ben Friedman said.
“National Hurricane Center forecasters are well-prepared with major upgrades to our computer models, emerging observation techniques and the expertise to deliver the life-saving predictions we all depend on during this and every hurricane season.”
NOAA predicts a 60 percent chance of above-normal activity during the 2021 hurricane season
The agency is forecasting 13 to 20 named storms this season