- Highs will approach 120 on both Sunday and Monday. Phoenix has only had a high of 120 or higher three times in their recorded history (since 1895).
- The last time Phoenix hit 120 or higher was back on July 28, 1995 when the thermometer hit 121.
- Whether the temperature touches 120 or not, record highs are likely. The current record high each day between Saturday and Tuesday is 115.
- We are calling for a forecast high of 114 on Sunday. Only seven times in Tucson recorded history (since 1894) has the city seen a high of 114 or higher – the last time occurring on July 28, 1995 when it also reached 114.
- The all-time record in Tucson history is 117 set back on June 26, 1990.
- Record highs over the weekend and into next week are 113 Saturday, 112 Sunday, 110 Monday and 112 Tuesday.
Las Vegas, NV
- Las Vegas is no stranger this type of higher heat in the forecast, reaching a temperature of 115 or higher 55 times since 1937. The last time Las Vegas saw a high of 115 or higher was back on July 2, 2013.
- The warmest high ever in Las Vegas history is 117 reached three times in their history. The most recent occurrence was back on June 30, 2013.
- Our forecast has Las Vegas reaching 114 both Monday and Tuesday next week.
- Record highs this weekend into next week are 115 Saturday, 114 Sunday, 113 Monday and 111 Tuesday.
Los Angeles, CA
- Even Los Angeles will get in on the heat this week into early next week, reaching at least the mid 90s Sunday through Tuesday.
- We could even see highs in downtown Los Angeles break the triple-digit mark next Monday. Down toward LAX, highs Monday will be near 90, which could break the record for the day of 86.
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas.
Friday is the first day that our average high in Minneapolis has reached 80 degrees in 2016 and it will be at 80 degrees or warmer through August 23rd. Summer heat and humidity looks to surge back into the Upper Midwest through the weekend with highs approaching 90 degrees by Father's Day. Scattered storms and heavy pockets of rain across northern Minnesota on Saturday will slide south and become a late day threat for the rest of us on Sunday.
Keep in mind that a near full strawberry moon will be visible over the weekend. It will be officially full on Monday, which coincides with the Summer Solstice!
Average Low: 60F (Record: 42F set in 1960)
*Daylight gained since Winter Solstice (December 22nd): ~6hours and 50mins
2.2 Days Until Full (Strawberry) Moon
...SUMMARY... SCATTERED STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE FRIDAY ACROSS PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST...AS WELL AS PARTS OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS.
...PARTS OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS TO UPSLOPE REGIONS OF NORTHERN HIGH PLAINS... MODELS CONTINUE TO INDICATE THE RISK FOR GENERALLY ISOLATED STRONG TO SEVERE STORM DEVELOPMENT IN DEVELOPING EAST/SOUTHEASTERLY LOW-LEVEL UPSLOPE FLOW...CLOSER TO THE HIGHER TERRAIN LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. STRONGER MID-LEVEL FLOW...AND DEEP LAYER SHEAR...WILL BE CONFINED TO PARTS OF MT/WY AND ND. STORMS SHOULD BE ONGOING ACROSS PARTS OF ND INTO NORTHWEST MN AND PERHAPS NORTHEAST SD. A COLD FRONT MOVING ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS TODAY SHOULD STALL FROM NORTHWEST MN THROUGH EASTERN SD TO WESTERN NEB BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON. ALTHOUGH FORCING ALOFT WILL BE RELATIVELY WEAK... CONVERGENCE ALONG THIS FRONT /ESPECIALLY AT THE INTERSECTION OF ANY LEFT OVER CONVECTIVE BOUNDARIES FROM DAY 1/ MAY PROVE SUFFICIENT FOR NEW STORM INITIATIONS. THIS LIKELIHOOD WILL BE ENHANCED BY VERY STRONG INSTABILITY /MUCAPE 3000-4500 J PER KG/...WITH SOME DRY AIR ABOVE THE BOUNDARY LAYER SUPPORTING AT THREAT FOR ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS. FOR THESE REASONS...THE MARGINAL SEVERE-WEATHER RISK HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO THE NORTHEAST THROUGH SOUTHERN/EASTERN SD TO FAR SOUTHEAST ND AND WEST-CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST MN.
...SUMMARY... THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LARGE HAIL AND STRONG SURFACE WIND GUSTS ARE POSSIBLE LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON INTO SATURDAY NIGHT...ACROSS PARTS OF CENTRAL THROUGH NORTHEAST MONTANA...INTO PORTIONS OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA. ...SYNOPSIS... A SIGNIFICANT SHORT WAVE IMPULSE WITHIN A NORTHERN BRANCH OF SPLIT WESTERLIES APPEARS LIKELY TO CONTINUE TO GRADUALLY FLATTEN UPPER RIDGING ACROSS CENTRAL INTO EASTERN CANADA DURING THIS PERIOD. AS THIS OCCURS...PROMINENT SUBTROPICAL RIDGING...CENTERED OVER THE SOUTHERN ROCKIES BY THE BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD...MAY ELONGATE EASTWARD ALONG AN AXIS ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS AND MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY...TOWARD THE MID ATLANTIC COAST. ON THE NORTHWESTERN PERIPHERY OF THIS RIDGE...THE REMNANTS OF A CLOSED LOW MIGRATING INTO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME INCREASINGLY DEFORMED/SHEARED WHILE CONTINUING INLAND ACROSS THE WESTERN INTERNATIONAL BORDER AREA. IN RESPONSE TO THESE DEVELOPMENTS...A MODEST SURFACE LOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL INTO SOUTHEASTERN MONTANA...AHEAD OF ANOTHER COLD FRONT ADVANCING INTO/ACROSS THE NORTHERN ROCKIES. BY LATE SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY NIGHT...A WARM FRONT PROBABLY WILL STRENGTHEN TO THE EAST OF THE LOW...ACROSS THE DAKOTAS.