Heat builds nationwide Father's Day Weekend

- The weekend before the official start to summer will provide some of the warmest temperatures much of the country has seen so far this year, and could actually bring all-time record heat to some spots in the south and sauna-like conditions to much of Minnesota.  A MONSTER ridge will expand from parts of Mexico into the southern and central U.S. and bring with it record breaking heat to parts of the Southwest and southern Rockies…

A trough and cooler temperatures were in place across the West Coast on Thursday… enough so that snow was flying in the higher elevations from California to Washington.  But considering its June, the heat will win out with temperatures soaring above 120° in some Desert spots from Phoenix to Palm Springs and Death Valley.  In fact, all-time record highs for some of these locations are in jeopardy…

While current forecasts have most locations coming up a couple degrees shy of all-time highs, it’s gonna be a close call for many folks from Albuquerque to the LA basin.  In fact, Death Valley COULD hit 130° early next week for just the 3rd time in history.  The southern California park is also home to the North American record high temperature of 132°.  The world record high temperature of 136° goes to a spot in the Sahara desert in northern Africa.

Clearly, the Upper Midwest will be far from the 130s, but temperatures will soar into the 90s and get awfully close to the century mark in some cases.  Even if the actual air temperature falls short of three digits, the heat index won’t.  The combination of heat and humidity will likely make much of central and southern Minnesota feel like the triple digits on Sunday…