Record high heat, drought conditions and the Santa Ana winds are coming together to create a dangerous environment in California. Not only are rolling blackouts and heat strokes a real threat, but the risk of wildfires are really high.
On April 13, more than 20,000 homes in and around San Diego, CA were ordered to evacuate as a wildfire surged amid high heat and dry, gusty winds in severe drought conditions. All residents were told they could return home Tuesday night as darkness brought cooler and calmer weather.
Today, record heat is expected to bake the Californian coast, as a mid-May heat wave chops through the record books. A few temperature records, some that date back more than a century ago, will be surpassed today before temperatures slowly back off late this week.
The hottest temperatures of the outbreak are expected today with widespread upper 90s to lower 100s in places like Los Angeles, Bakersfield and Fresno, Calif. Many temperature records are likely to fall as a result. The record high of 94 degrees for May 14 at San Jose, Calif., is almost 110-years old while San Francisco should easily sail past its record high of 87 degrees set on May 14, 1922.
Heat Advisories remain in place across the San Francisco Bay area and along the southern California coast near San Diego. High Wind Warnings are also in effect for the coastal mountain ranges near Los Angeles and San Diego.
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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team