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Why the 100-degree temps are only easing for a few days

By in Press Enterprise on July 10, 2017

By Mark Muckenfuss

It’s getting cooler this week in Southern California. But not by much and not for long.

Temperatures in Riverside are expected to drop all the way down to … 95 degrees.

Don’t get used to it.

The triple digits which have left Inland Southern Californians suffering and sweating will be back by week’s end.

“There’s really no overall relief,” said Dan Gregoria, a meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association in San Diego. “It’s going to be a hot one.”

And the pattern is persistent, Gregoria said.

A strong high ridge of pressure over the Great Basin area in Utah and Nevada, will shift ever so slightly east during the week, but then move back by Friday.

“It looks like we’re in a pattern where we’re probably going to be averaging above normal,” he said. “The ridge of high pressure has just been stronger than normal.”

The result has been record heat in some areas. On Saturday, Los Angeles hit 98 degrees, breaking a 131-year record for that date. The old record was 95 degrees. Long Beach (96) and Burbank (105) also had historic highs.

This coming weekend is not expected to get quite that hot, but temperatures are expected to be between 100 and 105, Gregoria said.

Desert and mountain thunderstorms will also take a break before returning with the higher heat, he added.

On Sunday, rain and hail were reported in Big Bear Lake starting in the late morning. In the mid-afternoon, radar showed another storm cell over the San Jacinto Mountains.

Lynn Reeves, a spokeswoman for the Big Bear City Airport, said about noon that it was raining and likely keeping some pilots away.

“There’s some thunderstorms to the east,” Reeves said. “Thunder and lighting is a good thing to avoid.”

As with Sunday, Gregoria said the thunderstorm activity will be limited to the mountain areas and possibly some of […]    

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