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Dangerously hot weather expected through Wednesday

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West Texas and SE New Mexico continue to sizzle with Marfa and Guadalupe Pass (barely) escaping triple digits thus far. The Permian Basin is solidly past 100 degrees by at least 4 degrees, save for Big Lake at a "cool" 101. Move west, and we're seeing dangerous heat near 110 around Pecos. Big Bend is a fascinating story, with 93 up in the Chisos Basin but a scorching 111 on the Rio Grande. 

Triple digit readings continue Sunday as temperatures climb even more. A strong upper ridge will move over the region, and it's expected to remain virtually parked over the region into Wednesday before finally letting up some. A weak front will nose its way into our area Sunday night, possible triggering a few thundershowers in the northern Basin, but it's not expected to have much of an impact on our temperatures. Excessive Heat Advisories have been issued for Eddy County, the Davis Mountains, and the Rio Grande valley in the Big Bend. Elsewhere, a Heat Advisory remains in place for the remainder of the area and much of the state as this heat wave really takes its hold.

As we head into the end of the week, models diverge on what happens to the ridge. The general sense is that it will shift east, allowing us to cool at least closer to the century mark. The European Model is the one we should be rooting for, it's showing temperatures closer to normal by next weekend as a cutoff low slides west underneath the ridge. The GFS, however, allows the ridge to rebuild, keeping our streak of 100s going. By the way, we're at 4 days in a row of 100+, the record is 14...

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