Published: June 18,2017
Heading toward the summer solstice this week, there certainly will be a summery feel in much of the U.S.
Extreme heat will dominate the Southwest this week, while the East will experience multiple chances for thunderstorms. In addition, there are two areas being monitored in the tropics for possible development.
Below we take a closer look at what to expect this week.
1) Watching the Tropics for DevelopmentAn area of shower and thunderstorm activity in the western Caribbean will become more organized into this week. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has given this area, dubbed 93L, a high chance of development within the next 5 days near Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
This system could become a tropical or subtropical depression or storm this week.
Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Infrared Satellite
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There is also another tropical wave in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean that has been given a medium chance of development by the NHC. This system is far from land, but we will continue to monitor this system, named Invest 92L. The Windward Islands could see gusty winds and heavy rain from this system by Tuesday.
Be sure to check back to weather.com for updates.
2) Severe Thunderstorms May Start the Week in the EastA cold front will sweep through the eastern states to start this week. Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are possible with this system.
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Ahead of this cold front, warm and humid conditions are expected to be in place, which will help in the development of strong to severe storms.
Damaging wind gusts and large hail will be the primary concerns with any severe thunderstorms that develop Sunday into Monday, although an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
Heavy rainfall is also possible, which could lead to localized flash flooding.
3) Southwest Will Continue to SizzleExtremely hot and dangerous temperatures will take hold of the Southwest this week. This dangerous heat is due to an upper-level ridge of high pressure that will build over the region.
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High temperatures will climb higher than 110 degrees in the Desert Southwest, with highs above 100 degrees in the Central Valley of California. High temperatures will remain 10 to 20 degrees above average in the Southwest and Great Basin for much of this week.
Next Week's Forecast
Low temperatures will also be warmer than average and will not provide much relief from the heat.
(FORECAST: Phoenix | Las Vegas | Sacramento)
Consequently, excessive heat warnings and heat advisories have been issued for much of the region, due to these dangerous conditions and many of these alerts last well into this week.
Slightly cooler temperatures may develop by next weekend from California into the Southwest and Great Basin. Areas from the Pacific Northwest into the northern Rockies will also experience warmer-than-average conditions early in the week, but a cold front will bring cooler temperatures midweek.
This heat will also spread farther east into the central and southern Plains by midweek, with temperatures approaching 100 degrees as far east as Dallas and Oklahoma City.
4) Multiple Systems May Bring More StormsMidweek, another low-pressure system will move through the Midwest into the Northeast, bringing another round of showers and thunderstorms. A few strong to severe storms are possible, as well.
Then, more energy aloft will ripple through the Midwest and into the East late week and next weekend, resulting in multiple rounds of shower and thunderstorms.
Late Week Forecast
At least a few strong to severe thunderstorms are possible, but it is too early for details.
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