Record Breaking Heat Expected Once Again
June 15th, 2021
Several record high temperatures were shattered in Wyoming on Monday afternoon as temperatures soared into the upper 90s and the lower triple digits thanks to another heatwave that has taken over the state since last Friday. The dry conditions continue around the state as a massive ridging pattern sits over the western US, limiting the rainfall potential and allowing high pressure to build into the area. The dry conditions are expected to continue throughout this week as the ridge maintains its grip on the region, and even hotter conditions are expected this afternoon.
Today is expected to be the hottest day of the week as much of Northern, Central, and Eastern Wyoming soar into the triple digits with a couple of areas pushing towards the 110 degree mark. Even more record high temperatures will be shattered this afternoon, especially in cities like Sheridan and Worland where highs are expected to approach or exceed the 105 degree mark. Accompanying the record heat will be a fire weather threat thanks to southwesterly breezes bringing in dry air from the southwest. An Elevated fire threat is in place for much of Central and Western Wyoming this afternoon thanks to these conditions with a Critical Risk in place for the far southwestern part of the state. There is already one fire in Wyoming to the south of Buffalo; the Robinson Fire is over 1000 acres in size and is only 29% contained at this time. The breezes from the southwest are not expected to be anything serious, however they could still present an issue to firefighters in the area.
Temperatures will drop a bit as the heat wave shifts further southeast tomorrow which should lower the fire threat ever so slightly. Some isolated storms will be possible in the southeastern part of the state tomorrow afternoon, however nothing severe is expected. This doesn’t mean that there can’t be a severe storm or two with some hail, but at this time it is not expected for there to be several severe storms like Sunday night. Rain will remain tough to come by in the near future as the heat wave lives on through this week. Temperatures look to cool down as we head into the weekend and early next week, however the overall trend remains slightly above average for this time of year in terms of the summer heat.
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