(High Desert)- – Yes, it is HOT! And, according to the National Weather Service in San Diego, it is going to get hotter this week. In fact, an excessive heat watch has been issued for the area due to this prolonged period of hot weather.
Cynthia Palmer, meteorologist with NWS, said that a strong ridge of high pressure that was over the middle of the country has moved westward and is currently sitting over the 4 corners area. It is going to bring us hot temperatures through the weekend.
“The worst of the heat will be today through Friday, and potentially Saturday,” Palmer said. “We shouldn’t see recording setting temperatures because the records are pretty high this time of year, but it is definitely going to be hot.”
The heat is affecting all areas, even up into the Central Valley of California, Palmer said. The hot weather is really dominating a large part of the Southwest, including Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, along with most of California.
Highs for the Victor Valley are expected to reach 107 today, 106 degrees tomorrow through Saturday, then down to 104 for Sunday. Overnight lows will drop into the low 70s.
There is a chance of thunderstorms for areas like Lucerne Valley, Johnson Valley, possibly into Apple Valley, Barstow and the mountain areas. We could see isolated thunderstorms each afternoon through the early evening hours. Gusty and erratic winds are always possible with thunderstorms, Palmer said.
“It is going to be hot and feel muggy because of the level of humidity in the air. So we aren’t really expecting high fire danger for the area.”
However Palmer says it looks we will see cooler temperatures as a trough develops off the west coast early next week.