The work week begins today with toasty temperatures that will be sizzling the Southwest for the next few days. 

Excessive Heat Watches and Warnings remain in place across southeastern California, southern Nevada, and western and south-central Arizona. Under the heat bubble include Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Palm Springs, Ca.

Saturday and Sunday featured similar weather as highs generally reached the mid-to upper 90s in California, while the Desert Southwest sizzled into the triple digits. As the new work week begins, the excessive heat will begin to spread into interior California while the Southwest will see even hotter temperatures today.

Places like Phoenix will see highs in the 110 to 115 degree range and Las Vegas near 110 degrees by Tuesday as the high pressure ridge strengthens over the Southwest and expands up the West Coast. While interior California gets some reprieve from the recent heat this weekend, highs will return to the lower 100s Wednesday and Thursday.

In the southern Plains, Heat Advisories are in place across much of northern Texas, central and western Oklahoma, eastern Kansas, northern Louisiana, southeastern Missouri and western Arkansas. Temperatures will be approaching 100-105 degrees in these areas, with even warmer heat indices up to 110 degrees.

It is very important to take necessary precautions to prevent heat-related illness. Be sure to stay hydrated and limit outdoor activities and yardwork to the early half of the day. Dress in light clothing and NEVER leave children or pets unattended in the car, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Triple digits are not uncommon in mid-August for the interior West. The average high in Fresno and Bakersfield is around 97 degrees with record highs close to 110 degrees. Phoenix and Las Vegas typically make it into the lower 100s most days in August with record highs near 115 degrees this time of the year.

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