With temperatures expected to be in the 90s and rain expected to begin again early in the week, it may be tough to spend the next few days in the Las,vegas hot spot area.
Denton, Calif., has long been one of the hottest spots in the United States, but the city is experiencing its hottest month on record with temperatures topping 100 degrees in some parts of the city, according to the National Weather Service.
The temperature record for the region was set on Sept. 21 when temperatures topped 102 degrees in the city.
It could get even hotter this weekend as the area sees a potential deluge of rain.
“We’re going to be seeing the strongest storms of the month in Ventura and the city of Ventura,” said Dan Dyer, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Dyer said Ventura, which is located about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, has seen more than 3 feet (1 meter) of rain in just one hour on Friday, the most in the county.
There’s a lot of heat coming.
I can’t wait for the next day, he said.
The average high temperature on Friday was 104 degrees in Ventura.
“Dentons temperatures have been on a high trend for a while now,” said Jennifer Pfeifer, a climate scientist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
“It’s not just a trend we’re seeing here, but a trend that is going to continue.”
Dyer has been tracking temperature records for the city since 2001.
He said it could get as hot as 106 degrees in a few hours.
Dylan Hodge, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said the heat could last for a few days.
“This is an extremely hot week ahead of the first week of fall, so it’s a real concern,” Hodge said.
In fact, the heat is expected to spread throughout the rest of the state, especially in Ventura County, which has more than half of the country’s total area.
“The area that we see the hottest is the area that is south of the Ventura River,” Dyer said.
“That area is the driest area and has the drier climate.
The area where we see it most is the central and western part of the county, which includes Ventura, San Bernardino, and Sonoma.”
Dyers office predicts a lot more rainfall.
In Ventura County alone, about 20 inches of rain has been predicted by mid-week.
“It’s a dangerous situation for everybody,” Dyers said.
“If you have a very hot day in a given location, there’s a very low likelihood of it happening again,” he said, adding that temperatures could drop into the teens or thirties for the rest, and then rise into the high 40s by midweek.
Dyers said the high heat will also make it difficult for people to stay indoors.
“There’s really no way to stay in a warm environment without some sort of barrier to prevent that heat from reaching your eyes,” he told NBC News.
“So if you can’t stay in an air conditioned area, it really could be very difficult to stay safe.”
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