Although June might have felt like a giant heat wave with its insane record-breaking warmth, it looks like the sweatiest days are still ahead of us; specifically, next week. Forecasters are now predicting a massive heat wave that could bring unusually high temperatures to much of the country. Lovely.
As explained in a report by Mashable, the heat wave will begin in the Plains region next week before growing into a country-size oven across the West Coast, Midwest, South, and even parts of Canada by July 21st. Basically, cities from Dallas to Washington D.C. and NYC will be reduced to giant pools of sweat thanks to temperatures that could break the 100 degrees mark paired with stiflingly high levels of humidity. Now would be a great time to stock up on deodorant.
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So far, it looks like the only region within the lower 48 states to be spared by the country-size oven is the Pacific Northwest. On the other hand, current models suggest that cities like Las Vegas and Phoenix could see temperatures in excess of 110 degrees at the height of the heat wave, although forecasters admit there is -- like with all forecasts, really -- some uncertainty, according to a report by TIME.
As the Mashable report points out, another threat associated with high temperatures is the risk of severe thunderstorms in areas like the Great Lakes and New England. Suffice to say you should check you local forecast ASAP and plan the upcoming week accordingly, because why sweat your ass off if you don't have to?
Another indication pointing to a massive heat wave is a recent model predicting height anomalies in the pressure surface, per the report, which goes on to explain, "Both the European and GFS models, among others, are depicting the height of the 500 millibar pressure surface, which is normally located around 5,000 meters, or 18,000 feet, to be at or above 6,000 meters, or 19,685 feet." Well, that certainly doesn't sound good.
This is all to say that walking around playing Pokémon Go is going to feel extremely uncomfortable next week. And, uh, be careful out there, folks.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and is not looking forward to riding cramming into crowded subway trains next week. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.