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Western US to Encounter Record-Challenging Warmth This Week

A stretch of warmer-than-average temperatures will continue across a large portion of the Western U.S. this week.

Temperatures through the weekend will run between 10 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit above average for many locations this week. Some cities will challenge record highs.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Edward Vallee, "A ridge of high pressure will dominate the West through the week, leading to temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above average."

Portions of the West have set new record-high temperatures this weekend.

Record-High Temperatures: Sunday, Oct. 11
City, State New Record (F) Old Record (F) (Year)
Los Angeles (Downtown) 100 100 (1971)
Long Beach, Calif. 99 98 (1971)
Burlington, Colo. 97 94 (1975)
Pueblo, Colo. 94 89 (1989, 1996, 1999)
Los Angeles International Airport 94 93 (1971)
Camarillo, Calif. 94 90 (1971)
Santa Barbara, Calif. 90 85 (1983, 1991)
Colorado Springs, Colo. 87 82 (1975, 1989, 1996)
South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 78 77 (1995)

Downtown Los Angeles reached 100 for the third straight day on Sunday. This was the first time that occurred since 1989. The last time Los Angeles had three straight days of triple-digit heat in October was in 1958.

While the coastal areas are expected to cool slightly during the week, the interior portions of the West will remain very warm.

Temperatures this week will be more typical of late August and early September than the middle of October.

The weather will be ideal for anyone with outdoor activities this week.

Record-high temperatures will be challenged on Tuesday across the Southwest including the cities of Sacramento and Fresno, California; Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Pueblo, Colorado; and Medford, Oregon.

Relief from the warmth will occur across the Southwest later in the week.

"By later in the week, a storm system will move into the Southwest," Vallee said. "This will stifle the warmth and return temperatures closer to average."

This storm system could develop spotty showers and thunderstorms from Los Angeles and Las Vegas to Phoenix and Albuquerque, New Mexico, starting on Thursday.

With dry air and bright sunshine continuing across the Northwest through the week, record highs could be challenged later in the week.

Temperatures in some locations across the West are running close to 10 degrees above normal for the month of October.

Boise, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming; and Salt Lake City are running more than 8 degrees above normal for the month.

A storm system may move toward the West Coast this weekend and bring an end to the consistent warmth.