THE first tropical wave of the year appears to have marked the start of hurricane season, fueling fears of severe storms.
Parts of Texas sizzled on Saturday as mercury rose to record highs of 112F.
Temperatures of 107F and 102F have been reported in Del Rio, San Angelo and Lubbock.
Meanwhile, mercury in Amarillo rose to highs of 101F, breaking a nearly 26-year record. It was the earliest time temperatures reached 100F.
Forecasters for the National Weather Services issued heat warnings for central and south Texas on Sunday, warning that scorching temperatures could extend to the Great Lakes north.
Meteorologist Pat Cavlin branded temperatures in the Lone Star State as “absurd”.
Severe storms could hit Wisconsin Tuesday when temperatures in Madison soar to highs of 86F, Spectrum News revealed.
However, scientists from Colorado State University, Florida State University and hurricane experts at Accuweather warned that this year’s hurricane season could be similar to last year’s, The Tribune reported.
A tropical wave has already formed near the west coast of Africa.
Jayne King, chief meteorologist for Fox 35’s storm team, said: “The wave is currently off the west side of Africa, an area notorious for developing some of the world’s most intense hurricanes.”
Seawater temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are higher than normal.
Temperatures must be at least 80F or higher for a storm to become stronger.
And the La Niña weather phenomenon is leading to more tropical storms and hurricanes.
This is because there is less wind shear in the North Atlantic.
With stronger wind shear, hurricanes can break up and weaken their effect.
Without them, stronger storms risk forming, potentially wreaking havoc and devastating Americans.
Wild weather has swept across the US in recent weeks, as nearly six million Americans have been placed under a red flag warning in Colorado.
Devastating winds from Utah battered the southern part of the state on Monday.
Meteorologists with the Boulder National Weather Service warned that winds could reach as high as 90 miles per hour in Summit County.
Tornadoes and storms devastated parts of Virginia and Alabama on Friday.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service declared a level three of five risk of severe thunderstorms in Georgia and North Carolina.
Forecasters predicted “dime- to quarter-sized” hailstones could fall but warned golf ball-sized hailstones could also fall, the Washington Post reported.
Twisters also swept through parts of Texas and Oklahoma, causing damage to schools, a marijuana farm and other buildings.
Significant damage was reported in Seminole, Oklahoma when an EF2 tornado wreaked havoc.
Officials revealed wind speeds reached up to 135 miles per hour.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt surveyed the destruction and said, “We’re getting all the resources and supplies that the city wants and needs.
“Thank God no one was hurt.”
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