The weather, currently.
It is going to be a rough week. We have oppressive heat and also a little bit of smoke in the air from some wildfires in the Northwest.
Let's talk about the heat first. That ridge of high pressure I was talking about last week that brought record temperatures to most of the West has moved closer to Colorado. As it moves closer, we increase our temperatures too and now we are shattering records for high temperatures in the Denver area this week. Here's our forecasted temperatures for this week compared to our records.
Awfully hot, isn't it? I bet you can guess, these temperatures are also far from normal. Our normal temperatures for this time of year are low 80s.
In addition, that haze you see outside may get worse. We have smoke from wildfires from the Inland Northwest coming into the area all thanks to that area of high pressure as well. You can see that smoke (in dark red) moving in from the Northwest on this model below.
So, here are the key things you need to know for Wednesday. I am using the three H's on this one:
1) HOT! Temperatures in the upper 90s and some places may get into the triple digits in the afternoon.
2) Hazy. If you or someone you know is sensitive to smoke, stay indoors if you can.
3) Hydration! This is a good time to keep that water close to you and others.
Walking, gardening and grilling: It's not going to be nice outside no matter how you look at it. If want to avoid the heat, the best time is the early morning hours before 7 a.m. If you have breathing or health issues, try to find a way to do activities indoors this week.
Running, cycling, active outdoor sports: It's going to be tough this week for outdoor sports. Not going to lie. If you can, aim for outdoor activity before 9 a.m. because the day is going to heat up quick. If you have health or breathing issues, you might want to find some outdoor activities. If you are doing activities in the afternoon, stay hydrated as much as possible and keep an eye on yourself and anyone else exercising outdoors. If you are feeling funny, stop activity.
What you need to know, currently.
A historic late season heatwave in California could lead to black outs across the state as electricity demand skyrockets. According to the California Independent System Operator, which manages the majority of the states electricity, demand could break all time records Tuesday afternoon.
On Monday, highs across the state surpasses 100°F in the Bay Area. The national weather service issued an excessive heat warning that is expected to last through Thursday, with highs up to 116°F. In order to avoid rolling blackouts similar to the devastating ones from 2020, state officials are calling on residents to reduce the use of electricity and to keep air conditions at 78°F or higher.
For those experiencing extreme heat, Currently’s managing editor, Zaria Howell, gathered advice from our team of climate writers and meteorologists –– Renée Reizman out of Los Angeles, John Morales out of Southern Florida and Puerto Rico and Emilio Rey out of Spain –– on how to best prepare for and defend oneself against extreme heat, as the suffocating temperatures continue to increase.
The article names a list of important ways to combat things like heat exhaustion or stroke amidst extreme weather. First, it’s important to stay inside during the central hours of the day and wait out the heat’s peak. Taking frequent, cold showers, staying hydrated, wearing lightweight and light-colored clothing can also help.
Read the full Explainer on our website: Currently Explains: Extreme Heat
What you can do, currently.