The increased chances for wildfires are expected in Western states throughout the week.
We are entering the early stages of the Southwestern monsoon season.
During these early stages, dry thunderstorms often occur. These storms produce lightning but little to no precipitation, which creates the perfect conditions for wildfires.
As the season progresses, more moisture moves into the area and wildfires become far less prevalent.
The heat is on across the Plains
Extreme heat is moving in on Monday across the northern Plains.
Heat advisories have been issued for parts of northern Nebraska, the Dakotas, and western Minnesota.
Daytime highs will reach the middle 90s and heat indices will be near 105.
Vulnerable populations will want to avoid spending long amounts of time in the heat during the afternoon hours.
Saharan Dust layer lingers
The Sahara dust layer will continue to linger over the Southeast this week.
The thick layer of Saharan dust we’ve been watching for the past 10 days or so continues streaming across the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and into the southeastern U.S.
While the majority of this dust travels above the surface, creating colorful sunsets and hazy skies, some dust at ground level can aggravate those with sensitive respiratory systems.
Dust in the atmosphere prevents hurricane development, and as such we aren’t forecasting any activity across the Atlantic for at least the next week.
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