The Los Angeles National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings to Southern Californians on Wednesday, explaining the increased heat wave that will be experienced over the coming Labor Day weekend. Forecasters claimed that this will be even hotter than the recent mid-August heat wave. People were already advised to cancel or limit their daytime outdoor activities as the heat is anticipated to reach its peak on Sunday. Over 50 million people are expected to be affected as the scorching heat spreads into other states. Warnings of rolling blackouts and wildfires were also issued.
CNN: Sunday is expected to be the hottest day, with temperatures as high as 115 degrees
Record high temperatures will be experienced this holiday weekend in a dozen states in the US.
CNNs Meteorologists disclosed that nearly 45 million people were under excessive heat watches or warnings on Thursday, and that number is expected to rise to over 50 million this weekend as the extreme heat spreads east into other states.
While the main heat wave really ramps up Friday for most areas of California, Sunday is expected to be the hottest day, with temperatures as high as 115 degrees expected away from beaches, according to the National Weather Service.
CBS News: The reappearance of scorching heat is unwelcome news for firefighters who are still battling dozens of wildfires across the state.
2020’s Ridiculously Resilient Ridge of heat in the Western U.S. is back for an encore this weekend, and in some areas the heat will be even more intense than the historic heat wave just weeks ago, when Death Valley reached the highest temperature ever reliably measured on Earth: 130 degrees Fahrenheit, according to CBS News.
The reappearance of scorching heat is unwelcome news for firefighters who are still battling dozens of wildfires across the state. The second and third biggest fires in California history — the SCU and LNU Lightning Complex fires — are mostly contained, but this heat wave promises to make conditions even more flammable through early next week. Remarkably, three of the top 10 largest fires in California history took place last month.
Excessive heat watches and warnings are already posted for 50 million people in California, Nevada and Arizona from Friday to Monday. For 40 million of those residents, temperatures will exceed 100 degrees at some point over the next several days. As of now, 150 record high temperatures are in jeopardy through early next week, with the heat wave peaking on Sunday.