Forecasters warn Oklahoma could see tornadoes; Texas can bake in triple digit temperatures

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forecasters are warning of an increased risk of dangerous tornadoes in the Midwest on Saturday. People in South Texas They can experience triple-digit temperatures — and that’s four weeks before summer begins.

The Weather Service of Oklahoma compares this day “A pile of gasoline-soaked brush.” Forecasters say the storms won’t form, but they will explode with large hail, dangerous winds and tornadoes.

“Most matches have a small chance of being duds and we only see a few storms today. Still, that’s not the match I want to play. It only takes one storm to make an impact,” the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma wrote on Facebook.

Very hot, especially in May Dangerous for South Texas, the weekend heat index is forecast to be near 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). The region is at the northern end of a heat dome that stretches from Mexico to South America, National Weather Service meteorologist Zach Taylor said.

Sunday looks to be the hottest day in the late May forecast for Austin, Brownsville, Dallas and San Antonio, Taylor said.

By midnight Saturday, Brownsville, on the US/Mexico border, had a high of 90 degrees F (32 degrees) and a heat index of 104 F (40 C), according to the National Weather Service.

Red flag fire warnings are also in place for parts of West Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, Arizona and Colorado, where humidity below 10% combines with warmer temperatures with winds gusting to 60 mph (97 kph). .

“We have very dry air, warm temperatures and strong winds creating a high fire danger over a wide area … which can lead to fast-spreading or out-of-control fires,” Taylor said.

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Meanwhile, Rolla, North Dakota, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the Canadian border, received several inches of snow early Friday morning.

April and May are the busiest months for hurricanes, especially in the Midwest. Climate change Storms are increasing in intensity around the world.

April was in the country The second highest number of hurricanes In the record. By 2024, the U.S. is already 25% ahead of the average number of twisters, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Iowa has been hit hard so far this week. A deadly twister Greenfield was destroyed. And other storms brought flooding and wind damage elsewhere in the state.

A storm system causing severe weather is expected to move east through the Memorial Day weekend, which could delay Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 auto race in Indiana and bring severe storms to Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kentucky.

A severe weather threat will move into North Carolina and Virginia on Monday, forecasters said.

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