While records probably won’t fall over the next several days, you still know it will be hot when we talk about it “cooling down” into the lower 90s by the weekend. For Wednesday, the very strong ridge of high pressure will keep our skies clear and our temperatures in the mid to upper 90s. A low pressure system dropping through the Pacific Northwest will “cool” us slightly later in the week, but it will also kick up some gusty winds Thursday…enough to kick off an Red Flag Warning with respect to the fire danger. The ridge builds back in late in the weekend, and we should see temperatures rise back into the upper 90s by early next week.
We’ve been talking about the summer solstice. One might think that since summer is warm and winter is cold that the earth would be closer to the sun during this season, but it’s actually quite the opposite. The earth will be at it aphelion (farthest from the sun) in a few weeks. But the distance from the sun has very little to do with seasonal temperatures. Rather it’s the tilt of the earth that makes all the difference. More tomorrow.