A RECORD-breaking heatwave is expected to sweep parts of the US this week as weather forecasters warn locals about the potentially life-threatening outside conditions.
A heat warning is in effect for several southwestern states, including Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and parts of California, with temperatures expected to hit triple digits and strengthen over the course of the week.
According to AccuWeather, the affected areas will experience their hottest temperatures of the year so far.
“A northbound jet stream bulge will widen and strengthen later in the week, particularly Thursday through Saturday,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Thompson.
Residents in Phoenix and Palm Springs, California will experience their first 110-degree day later this week.
In Texas, record high temperatures for early June usually reach around 90 degrees; However, conditions are expected to rise above 100 degrees later in the week.
Every day this week will feel hotter than 100 degrees in the afternoon and will even feel like over 105 at times.
Experts are warning residents about the risks of heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Forecasters say residents should limit their outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day and stay well-hydrated.
TROPICAL STORM ALEX
The upcoming heatwave comes as the first tropical storm of the year, flooding parts of South Florida over the weekend.
Parts of Florida experienced severe flooding and rainy weather as Tropical Storm Alex swept through the state and headed toward Bermuda.
Hours after the storm passed, Miami-Dade County streets were flooded with water and many cars were stranded.
There have been several reports of flooded cars that have had to be towed from their location.
First responders deployed flood rescue vehicles to bring people stranded in the water to safety.
The storm dropped 12 inches of rain on downtown Miami and over 9.5 inches on South Miami.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said the storm tested the system of drainage pumps recently installed in the city, US News reports.
“We moved the water away pretty quickly, but of course it was really challenging in some areas,” said Gelber.
“There were problems getting through on some roads, one of the main arteries was impassable, but by and large the water is draining.”
Miami-Dade County Mayor Danielle Levine-Cava also said the flooding was due to storm drains not working properly, causing water to come back up the drains.
National Hurricane Center forecasters said Sunday morning Alex would experience maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and moving northeast at 14 mph.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1st. This is an unusually early start to the season, but not unprecedented in Florida.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted this season will be “above average” and expects 14 to 21 named storms.
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