Excessive Heat Warnings In Effect for the West

June 6, 2024

Dangerously hot conditions will continue through Thursday across portions of South Texas, the Southwest U.S. and Central California. Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories are in effect.

The National Weather Service on X on Wednesday. The higher-than-normal temperatures in California and the West mark the first major heat wave of the year, with Thursday being the hottest day of the week for many places.

Why It Matters: An intense heat dome – caused by a combination of several factors leading to extreme and persistent heat over a location – could cause several records for places throughout the Western region of the country. Nearly 19 million people are under an excessive heat warning in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and South Texas. Excessive heat warnings are the highest level of heat alert issued by the National Weather Service, meaning the heat poses increased risk and danger.

Something To Consider: The National Weather Service cites data saying extreme heat kills more people than any other natural disaster in the U.S., causing more than double the number of deaths than hurricanes and tornadoes combined.

Read More: A punishing heat dome will only worsen. Here’s when temperatures could peak (CNN)

Worth Noting: Preventing Hot Car Deaths with “Rear-Seat Reminder Systems” (SmartHER News)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas