Title: Historic Heat Wave Subsiding as Monsoon Rains Bring Relief to Southwest U.S.
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The historic heat wave that has been plaguing the U.S. Southwest for weeks is finally showing signs of subsiding as welcome monsoon rains begin to make their arrival. As Metro Phoenix gears up for a much-needed reprieve from scorching temperatures, locals are preparing themselves for the first time in a month when temperatures are forecasted to fall below 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
On Saturday, Phoenix broke a record dating back to 1974 as the high temperature surpassed 110 degrees Fahrenheit for the 30th consecutive day. However, relief is on the horizon as Sunday is expected to bring increased chances of monsoon thunderstorms, potentially bringing damaging winds, blowing dust, and even the risk of flash flooding.
While humans have been coping with the heat, it appears that our wildlife counterparts have also been affected. In Burbank, California, a bear was spotted cooling off in a Jacuzzi, seeking refuge from the extreme conditions.
The relentless heat wave has not only prompted concern for safety but has also raised health risks, particularly among older adults, individuals with health issues, and those without access to air conditioning. Tragically, Maricopa County, Arizona has already reported 25 heat-associated deaths this year, with an additional 249 deaths currently under investigation.
The intensity of this heat wave aligns with the trend of extreme weather events that have swept across the U.S. this month. Flash floods have wreaked havoc in Pennsylvania and other parts of the Northeast, further adding to the alarming nature of these events. It is predicted that global temperatures in July will reach record-breaking levels, with eastern parts of the country already experiencing soaring temperatures.
Looking ahead, Yuma and Tucson in Arizona are expected to see temperatures ranging from 104 to 112 degrees Fahrenheit next week. However, places like Las Vegas will finally experience a cool-down, with temperatures dropping to 94 degrees Fahrenheit after an extended period of scorching heat exceeding 110 degrees. Meanwhile, Death Valley, which had reached a scorching 128 degrees in mid-July, will see temperatures drop to a still-intense 116 degrees Fahrenheit.
Albuquerque, New Mexico will also experience relief with temperatures in the mid to high 90s, accompanied by partly cloudy skies, providing some respite from the heatwave for its residents.
As the Southwest counts down the days until the full subsidence of this historic heatwave, hopes are high for a balanced weather pattern once again. The arrival of monsoon rains offers a glimmer of hope for an end to the scorching temperatures and the impacts they have had on both humans and wildlife alike. Stay tuned for further updates as the region recuperates and enters a more moderate summer climate.
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