JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Meteorologists say a dome of heat building in the upper atmosphere will lead to record high temperatures across the United States next week. Under the dome of high pressure, air sinks and warms, resulting in higher temperatures.
If there's any good news about the heat, the forecast is for the blocking high pressure to mainly affect the West and Midwest over the next few days, so temperatures are not expected to get any higher in the greater Jacksonville area -- at least in the next several days.
Northeast Florida is already on track for the hottest July since the 1930s and Jacksonville is on a eight-day streak of temperatures 95 or above. The average high temperature for July in the city is 92 degrees.
Eastern New Mexico, western Texas and eastern Oklahoma are already under heat advisories. Pecos, Texas, recorded a midday high of 107 degrees on Wednesday.
Some residents around the country wish they could live in a city where the record high temperature is 79 degrees. Barrow, Alaska, set its all-time record high temperature of 79 degrees on this date in 1993. That sounds hot when you consider the average high temperature there his time of year is 47 degrees.