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Western states continue to bake with extreme heat

5:18 PM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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Many areas of the West once again rose well past 100 degrees Wednesday as a strong high pressure system remained in charge of the weather pattern for the area. A few more days of heat are expected before cooler air will filter into the area through the weekend.

Meanwhile, a storm in the eastern third of the country brought wet weather to the Southeast and other parts of the eastern seaboard. None of these thunderstorms were severe, but they did bring heavy rain to the area. Most of the precipitation was confined to the east of a front that stretched from the Gulf Coast through the Ohio Valley.

Meanwhile, the Plains remained mostly dry as a high pressure system remained over the area.

Some monsoon moisture streamed into the Southwest, bringing areas of scattered thunderstorms from New Mexico through the Sierra Nevadas of California.

The Southeast rose into the 80s and 90s, while the Northeast saw temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The Southwest rose into the 90s, 100s, and 110s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 80s, 90s, and some 100s.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................109 Thermal, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................111 Lakehurst NAS, N.J.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................36 Leadville, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................28 Barrow, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................48 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................4.56 Panama City, Fla.

ON THIS DATE....... The "Dog Days of Summer" officially begin on this date and end August 11. This period got its name from the Egyptian belief that the Dog Star, Sirius, added heat to the Earth as it rose and fell with the sun during this time period. On this date in 1966, the "Dog Days" were in full force as New York City set a record high temperature of 107 degrees.

The Associated Press

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