Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

HEAT WAVE.(Final)

Byline: John Fleck Journal Staff Writer

Moist winds can't break through hot air so temperatures stay high

Meteorologists call it a "ridge of high pressure." You could think of it as something simpler and more intuitive -- a big pile of hot air.

That, in a nutshell, is what has been keeping it so hot and dry here -- a big pile of hot air slumped across the Four Corners, lapping down into Mexico.

The moist winds that in a good year bring us our monsoons can't penetrate it, leaving us to sit here and broil.

Thursday's high in Albuquerque was 99, the tenth consecutive warmer-than-average day, according to the National Weather Service.

Daytime highs and overnight lows in the city are an average of six to seven degrees above normal for the month. …

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