Record heat will remain in the region for the next couple of days, as the intense ridge of high pressure stays put. A high Wednesday and Thursday in the range of 105 degrees will set new records for the dates, and all that heat will produce some afternoon cloudiness with a slight chance of an isolated thunderstorm. The odds of thunderstorms increase somewhat Friday through the weekend as more monsoonal moisture works its way up from the south. Temperatures will fall back into the mid-90s through the weekend.
With thunderstorms in the forecast, the following seems timely. Kim wondered: “Is there any logical reason to close an indoor swimming pool during a lightning storm? The pool in question is located on the bottom floor of a high rise building. There is a large window located twenty feet from the end of the pool and the building is a steel frame structure. Both factors have been given as reasons to close the facility. I would be interested to know your opinion on the possible lightning strike danger.”
As is often the case, the answer isn’t cut and dry. I’ll tackle it tomorrow.