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Currently in Seattle— May 17th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Partly sunny and cool with rain at night

Tuesday is actually going to feel like May, for a change. Raincoats all over the city will take a rest. Eastern cottontail rabbits will emerge from hiding to munch on the grass in road medians. You might see skateboarders zip by shirtless, despite temperatures below 61°F, because Seattleites have zero chill with regard to the sun. Clouds will partly cover the sky, offering shady reprieve, but they aren’t likely to sprinkle any rain on us. Showers will pick up again after midnight and continue through Wednesday, so make use of the dry, relatively bright Tuesday ahead.

— Jen Monnier

What you need to know, currently.

An early season heatwave will persist into this week across the southern half of the United States. Last week, places like Chicago and central Texas began seeing extremely high temperatures that are typical of mid-late summer this past week.

Meteorologists say the sudden rise in temperature, reaching the high 90s across the south-central United States, marks the first official heatwave of 2022.

Already the heat has lead to an uptick in power demand in Texas, where six power generation facilities failed. Texans were asked to conserve power over the weekend. In New Mexico the heat has helped to fuel a massive wildfire that is now the largest in the state’s history.

These extreme temperatures are the result of a dip in the jet stream––the band of air, which would usually carry and distribute this hot air across the eastern part of the U.S.

Heatwaves have increased in frequency in recent years, from an average of two per year in the 1960s to six per year in the 2010s according to the EPA.

And, because heatwaves have also become more intense than they were a few decades ago, it’s imperative that every American know how to navigate this extreme weather.

“Heatwaves and ‘cold’ waves are a natural part of everyday weather,” says Anthony Torres, Currently’s Chief Meteorologist. “However, as we observe gradual increases in average temperatures due to climate change, we see that the common heatwaves end up being that much hotter.”

Currently predicts this heatwave will last for at least the next week, and folks who live in the impacted states can expect to feel temperatures roughly 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than usual for this time of year.

Here are some ways to prepare for, and outlast, this heatwave and others that we might see this year:

  1. Prepare a small emergency kit in case the power goes out, with things like candles and matches or a first aid kit.
  2. Stay hydrated, and drink plenty of water and nourishing foods.
  3. Monitor your health and the weather. Sign up for our SMS/texting service to stay up to date on the weather that’s impacting your area.

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Text ‘JOIN’ to (833) 861-1130.Read this article on our website: https://currentlyhq.com/global/may-heatwave-breaks-records/

Zaria Howell

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