Level 5 Inland Southern California Heatwave For Weekend of July 15th with Strong Monsoon Ridge


Southern California Weather Force has issued a Special Weather Statement for the inland zones of Southern California effective the weekend of July 15th, 2023.

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A ridge of high pressure will near Southern California, which is nominal for this time of year.  This monsoon induced ridge will be strong enough for temperatures to reach near 120F for Bakersfield and Imperial Valley.  Areas inland like Santa Clarita and the Inland Empire will be 105F.

While not unusual for this time of year, it will mark the start of the Southwestern United States Monsoon.  Over time, this ridge will pump in moisture out of the south and east and we will start seeing monsoon effects, even into the metros this season.  I’m still pressing for an average to above normal monsoon season for Arizona, and the same will be for Southern California.

For now, please use the images below for a zoom-in on the Southern California Weather Force Heat Models

5.  Heat Stroke Possible After 15-20 minutes of exposure with no water.
4.  Dangerous. If you want to hike in this, you must have a lot of water. Most people think that they have enough water, but they do not. This is the level at which kills a lot of people due to that reason. Working outside is not recommended. You do not want to be playing hot potato with your feet on the sidewalk in this level.  High Heat Warning criteria in the Deserts …
3.  Great discomfort. Do not exert yourself on a level three. Drink plenty of water, and hiking is not recommended without proper knowledge and supplies.
2.  Some discomfort. Be cautious outside when working and drink plenty of water.
1. Very little discomfort, however, long periods of exposure could bring heat exhaustion.

The maps below are of flood, rain, snow, snow-level, or wind intensity, whichever is available now.  Each one is clickable.  Map 1 is NW SoCal, Map 2 is SW SoCal, Map 3 is SE SoCal, Map 4 is NE SoCal, and Map 5 is the metro areas of SCV …

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