With the summer solstice still about three weeks away, the heat has really been cranking for a few days - and there's not much relief in sight.
A big ridge of high pressure is firmly in control of our weather from the surface all the way into the upper levels. This ridge is a big area of sinking air and as the air sinks, it compresses and warms. This leads to the hot temperatures and the lack of cloud cover. Our outlook for Tuesday calls for more temperatures in the mid 90s. Officially we are predicting a high of 96º, which would tie a record that was set 20 years before, in 1991. Regardless of whether or not we tie that record, the heat index (or the "feels like" temperature) will be in the 100 - 105º range with the humidity factored in.
A cold front will approach on Wednesday and this will at least give a few afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Despite the increased clouds and rain chances, the mercury will still soar into the 90s. Behind the front, don't expect much of a cooling trend. Our highs will continue to run 10 - 15º above average, in the upper 80s and lower 90s, all the way into the weekend.
How do you stay cool when the mercury starts to soar? Any creative ideas? Ice cream does the trick for this meteorologist.