The summer of 2022 is shaping up to be a very warm one. The heat wave is expected to intensify in the next few months, with above-normal temperatures likely across the lower 48 states.
As the ground warms, it loses moisture, which makes it easier to heat even more.
In the drought-ridden West, there is often plenty of heat for the high-pressure system to trap.
The trapped heat continues to warm, the system acts like a lid on a pot - earning the name "heat dome"
Last summer in the West, high pressure trapped heat led to triple-digit temperatures that killed hundreds.
We have long known that the world has warmed by more than 1 degree Celsius (about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) since 1900, and that the pace of warming has accelerated in recent decades.
To help reduce demand, consider raising the thermostat by a few degrees and closing window shades and blinds.
Avoid using large appliances like ovens, washing machines and dryers during the hottest part of the day, and turn off all lights and electronic devices not in use.
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