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Extreme heat west, flooding east

A "stuck" jet stream causes record heat in west, flooding in the east

July 2, 2013

In terms of weather, the United States is experiencing an extreme start to July.

The jet stream is still “stuck”, locked in a pattern that favors thunderstorms capable of localized flooding from Florida to New England through the end of the week, while the west fries through historic heat.

Temperatures will soar 10-20 degrees above average across much of the West on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said. Excessive heat warnings have been issued for large areas of California, Nevada and Arizona through the Fourth of July holiday.

With the threat of heat stroke or heat exhaustion striking quickly, hundreds of Las Vegas residents sought relief in a Salvation Army cooling shelter, CNN said.

California’s Death Valley National Park tentatively recorded a high temperature of 129 degrees, which would tie the all-time June record high for the United States, the National Weather Service said Monday.

In Utah, Salt Lake City has had eight straight days of triple-digit heat, said weather service meteorologist Nanette Hosenfeld. The record is 10 consecutive days, set in 2003.

The extreme heat is hindering efforts to stop Arizona’s Yarnell Hill Wildfire, which has scorched more than 8,400 acres—about 13 square miles of land.

Much of Arizona would love to get more rain. But residents on the East Coast are seeing too much of a good thing.

Rain, and more rain, was expected in New Jersey, where flooding Monday left motorists in Paramus stranded, CNN said.

Drivers in Durham, North Carolina, also had to push their cars out of floodwater. And the flooding could bet worse—cities from Georgia to new England could see 2 to 3 more inches of rain in the next few days.

Showers and storms will continue to stretch from Florida to New England through Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

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