Storified by WeatherNation April 20, 2012
From the National Park Service

Heating up in the Southwest

It is heating up in the Southwest this weekend!  It has been hot over the past few days and it is only going to continue to get hotter over the course of the next couple days.

From Death Valley:

From the National Park Service. Dante’s Peek
From the National Park Service. Looking into Salt Beds.

These are some of the projected highs:

This part of the nation is no stranger to the heat but it doesn’t typically come this early in the season.  Most of these highs are well above average for this time of year.  Some of them even as much as 20 degrees above normal.

One of the hot spots will be Yuma, AZ.  Notice how it only gets hotter into the next couple days with the warmest days early next week.  Here is the extended forecast for the Yuma area.

FRIDAY

Apr 20

Sunny Sunny Hi:101°F
Lo:67°F
Day: Sunny and hot. Highs near 101. South wind around 5 mph in the morning becoming light in the afternoon.Night: Clear. Lows 64 to 69. Southwest wind around 5 mph in the evening becoming south after midnight.

SATURDAY

Apr 21

Sunny Sunny Hi:103°F
Lo:68°F
Day: Sunny and hot. Highs near 103. Light wind in the morning becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.Night: Clear. Lows 66 to 70. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

SUNDAY

Apr 22

Sunny Sunny Hi:102°F
Lo:67°F
Day: Sunny and hot. Highs near 102. South wind 5 to 10 mph.Night: Clear. Lows in the mid to upper 60s.

MONDAY

Apr 23

Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Hi:99°F
Lo:58°F
Day: Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 90s.Night: Mostly clear. Lows 55 to 60. Highs in the lower 90s.

TUESDAY

Apr 24

Mostly Clear Mostly Clear Hi:91°F
Lo:58°F
Day: Mostly clear. Lows 55 to 60. Highs in the lower 90s.

WEDNESDAY

Apr 25

Partly Sunny Partly Sunny Hi:85°F Day: Partly sunny. Not as warm. Highs in the mid 80s.

The hot weather hasn’t stopped NASA from getting their work done!

On April 17, 2012, NASA conducted a test of the Orion crew vehicle’s entry, descent and landing parachutes high above the Arizona desert in preparation for the vehicle’s orbital flight test, Exploration Flight Test-1. The primary objectives were to determine how the entire system would respond if one of the three main parachutes inflated too quickly and to validate the drogue parachute design by testing at a high dynamic pressure that closely mimicked the environments expected for Exploration Flight Test-1.

Check out NASA – Testing the Orion Crew Vehicle’s Parachutes.

Stay cool in the southwest and check back for more updates!

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