Heat blankets Midwest, Northeast as threat of 'rapid wildfire' rises out West
Written by kslmadmin on August 11, 2020
The Northeast, Mid-Mississippi River Valley and Southwest will see afternoon highs on Tuesday with above-average temperatures through at least midweek.
Expect widespread high temperatures from the upper 80s to 90s and heat indices to climb over 100 degrees.
New York City, Boston, St. Louis, Little Rock and Phoenix are all under various forms of heat advisories or warnings.
The heat across the Desert Southwest will also stick around for much of the week.
Critical fire weather conditions across the West
In the western part of the country, red flag warnings have been issued for high fire danger.
A combination of high temperatures, low humidity, and windy conditions bring an increased risk of fire and can lead to rapid wildfire growth.
Nine states in total, stretching from Colorado northwest to Washington, have some sort of fire weather advisory issued for Tuesday.
Low humidity, gusty winds, hot temperatures, and worsening drought across the West will keep wildfire conditions critical across much of the region through midweek.
Keeping an eye on the tropics
In the tropics, a broad low-pressure system is expected to become a tropical depression in the next few days.
However, the potential tropical system is still far out in the Atlantic Ocean and is unlikely to stay together long enough to make it to the Caribbean.
Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.
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