Folks in the U.S. are sweltering under an unusually intense June heat wave, with temperatures soaring to record highs from Oregon to Texas.
Heat warnings and/or advisories were in effect this week for a number of major metro areas in the West, including Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento and San Francisco.
In Palm Springs, California, where highs were expected to hit 114 degrees, officials warned the high temperatures could cause heat exhaustion, heat cramps or heat stroke.
In Las Vegas, shelters and temporary cooling stations were open during daytime hours because of that city’s excessive heat warning where highs there could hit 105.
Normally mild San Francisco soared to a brutal high of 100 degrees, the first time that city has ever hit the century mark in June setting a record. The heat warped tracks on the city’s transit lines, the Weather Channel said, and led to tens of thousands of power outages.
Temperatures in nearly a dozen Bay Area cities also set new record highs including the historic milestone in the City by the Bay, which made two days in a row of record-breaking heat for San Francisco.
With a high-pressure system settling in over the region, record highs were being set in many corners of the Bay Area. The Salinas Airport notched 106, smashing the daily record of 88 set back in 1994, according to the National Weather Service.
In the Northwest, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, metro areas. Portland, Oregon, was forecast to hit 95 degrees which was hotter than either Miami or Tampa in Florida were forecast to be.
Fires are also a concern in the West: “The hot and mostly dry weather will increase the risk for wildfires,” AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rathbun said. An excessive-heat warning was even in effect for typically hellish Death Valley, California, with a temperature of 120 degrees.
In South Texas, an oppressive heat wave was sending temperatures into searing triple digits, already topping one all-time June record and pushing heat indices above 120 degrees in some locations.
Brownsville, Texas – in the lower Rio Grande Valley along the border with Mexico, just west of South Padre Island – soared to 104 degrees, its hottest June high temperature ever in records dating back to 1878.
The stifling weather produced heat indices up to 128 degrees according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Brownsville. The heat indices above 120 degrees even busted above the color table on the heat map the NWS uses, to where the heat temperatures were literally off the chart.
A weather reporting station at Falcon Lake, a reservoir along the Rio Grande River between Laredo and McAllen, recorded a high of 116 degrees; the nation’s hottest temperature and only 4 degrees shy of the state record high of 120 degrees set during the Dust Bowl in 1936.
The Falcon Lake (116 degrees) temperature was 9 degrees hotter than Death Valley and equaled Death Valley’s hottest temperature so far this season. This level of heat was not in locations we usually think of, as in Saudi Arabia or in India, but these are temperatures that have now come to the U.S.
The Biblical prophecies (Luke 21, Revelation 16) foretell how the weather cycles will intensify until humankind is affected with great heat as a sign of the Last Days prophecies indicating the coming end of the age and the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ.
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