KINGMAN - Weekend temperatures are going to flirt with record highs and remain 10 degrees to 15 degrees above normal, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas said Friday.
"We're looking at a very high pressure system moving in from the Pacific Ocean that will bring record temperatures," Mike Paddock said. "A lot of warm air will be descending on us."
He said record highs are possible each day, with the greatest chance on Saturday when the high was projected to reach 84 degrees, which would break the record of 82 degrees set on March 28, 1921. The temperature was at 83 degrees at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
The Weather Channel predicted 88 for Kingman on Saturday, and Weather Underground predicted a high of 87.
The NWS is projecting a high of 85 today, a degree shy of the record 86 from 1934.
"Those are fairly old records, and we'll be within a degree or so of them," Paddock noted.
Monday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 81, well short of the 87-degree mark recorded in 2002.
Temperatures are forecast to drop into the high 70s starting Wednesday. Overnight lows will be in the mid 40s.
Strong high pressure has allowed temperatures to continue their upward trend, with communities along the Colorado River touching into the low 90s. Death Valley in California will be near the century mark.
Hot, sunny days can be miserable for those suffering from allergies. Pollen level is at 11.2 out of a possible 12.
Desert dwellers love to compare weather with other parts of the nation. A cold front has brought rain and temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below normal to the Northeast and down through the mid-Atlantic states, while tornadoes have torn through Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas.
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