It’s hot and Saharan dust plumes have blown in, causing hazy skies and vibrant sunsets. Tried to photograph the sunset yesterday but didn’t reach a proper vantage point in time. I contacted the weather guru Todd Yakoubian on KATV Channel 7 to see what we can expect for air quality and how bad the heat will get.

“High humidity levels and dust from the Sahara Desert have combined to cause hazy sunshine across much of the state,” Yakoubian said in an email. He said the haze should clear up by the weekend, with better visibility returning. If you remember around this time in 2020, a big storm over the Sahara brought record-breaking dust plumes. Despite the horror of 2020, the sunsets were something special.

Rhett Brinkley
June 23, 2020

As for June 2022, we could see heat levels we haven’t seen since June 2013.

“The end of next week could be very hot, with actual air temperatures very close to or above 100°C,” Yakoubian said. “We did hit 100° last year, but that was late, September 1, 2021.

Here are the best ways to cool off after tending your lawn or just stepping out to get in your car.


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