Gigantic Ridge of High Pressure to Engulf US

Air conditioners will not get much of a break from this weekend into next week. The heatwave that we will see in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this weekend could only be the beginning. An expansive dome of heat will engulf much of the country from the Southwest to the Northeast by Thursday July 5th next week.

Energy demands will be in full force, as air conditioners will put a strain on the power grid. As a result, some cities could have blackouts at during the height of the heat.

On the 500 mb GFS, the upper air patterns are showing the huge “heat bubble” that engulfs much of the nation by Thursday next week. Temperature anomalies from the GFS may be inaccurate as of now, as they are showing a mix of above and below normal. If this pattern verifies, much of the nation would be much above normal.

We will have to keep an eye on how long this heatwave persists. If it is longer than expected, famers in the Midwest could suffer from a drought and very dusty topsoil. Residents could also have very high electric bills.

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Author: Michael Griffith

I have had a passion for the weather since a very young age and am a degreed meteorologist. I have a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master's from Plymouth State University. If you ever see me out and about in the Charlotte, NC area, be sure to say hi!