Record breaking temps in the USA

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  • This graphic shows the forecast maximum temperatures (recorded at midnight UTC) across parts of central USA on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th February 2016. Image credit: MeteoGroup

    This graphic shows the forecast maximum wind gusts (in mph) recorded during 6 hour periods on Thursday 18th February 2016. Image credit: MeteoGroup

    This graphic shows the forecast maximum wind gusts (in mph) recorded during 6 hour periods on Friday 19th February 2016. Image credit: MeteoGroup

  • Record breaking temps in the USA
    18.02.2016 16:31


    Parts of the central USA will see some high temperatures through the rest of this week, making it feel more like summer than winter, with temperatures generally around 10-20 degrees Celsius above normal.



    Temperatures across parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas are expected to reach between 26-31C, or possibly locally higher, through the rest of this week, with temperature records possibly being broken in places. For example, there is a real chance that the record high temperature for the 18th February of 23C, 74F for Wichita, Kansas, which was recorded in 1930, could be broken. However, there is a real danger of fires developing and quickly spreading, as a result of the high temperatures and strong gusty southerly winds. Wind gusts through the rest of today (Thursday 18th February) and into tomorrow (Friday 19th February) are expected to reach between 40-50mph, with gusts of up to 60-65mph possible across western parts of Kansas. An area covering eastern Colorado, the Texas panhandle as well as parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico currently have a severe warning for the potential of fires developing.

    Parts of Colorado are also expected to see warmer than normal temperatures with highs of around 24-28C possible through the rest of this week in the west and 12-15C possible further east across the state. These high temperatures will be a shock to many people visiting the ski resorts of Colorado, but the good news is the snow is not expected to melt. Weather forecasters in the USA say it usually takes about three or more days of temperatures of 10C to get substantial snow melt.

    The reason for these high temperatures is due to an area of high pressure that has moved eastwards from the south-west USA, bringing with it the warm air that brought record breaking high temperatures across parts of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix earlier in the week. Temperatures of 33C, 91F were recorded at Long Beach, California on Monday (15th February) and Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday (17th February).

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    By: Gemma Plumb