Record Temperatures Across the West United States Continue
UNITED STATES - For what seems like the hundredth time this year, the western United States is seeing record high temperatures. High temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees above average everywhere from southern Arizona, through Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington.
A ridge of high pressure will bring record warm temperatures to much of the West later this week, with the warmth expanding out of the Desert Southwest and into the Pacific Northwest and Rockies Thursday into Friday, according to the National Weather Channel. Above-average temperatures will then spread across the West and into parts of the Plains this weekend. The Climate Prediction Center has given most of the Southwest a greater than 70 percent chance of seeing above-average temperatures in the next week.
Many cities are currently experiencing their warmest March on record and this comes after many locations in the West experienced their warmest winter on record.
The following cities have seen record high average March temperatures: Los Angeles Downtown; San Diego, California; Santa Barbara, California; Long Beach, California; Boise, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; Wenatchee, Washington; and Yakima, Washington.
Salinas, California is also experiencing its warmest March on record, with an average temperature of 61.5 degrees, according to the National Weather Channel. Salinas has also recorded their warmest February, January, and December.
As the above-average temperature trends continue, many more cities will likely be added to this list.
As for this heat wave's effect on California's drought, while recent storms have delivered rain to northern portions of the state, these storms have largely missed central and southern portions of California, according to AccuWeather.
At this point, the U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 93 percent of the state is experiencing a severe drought and 40 percent of the state is experiencing an exceptional drought.
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