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Pressure system brings hot, dry weather

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Juno Ogle Photo Frank Montoya paints a sign Wednesday morning outside an office building at Second Street and Pennsylvania Avenue as the building undergoes a renovation. Record or near-record high temperatures are forecast over the next week for Chaves County. To avoid heat-related illness, the New Mexico Department of Health advises avoiding outdoor activities between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., staying hydrated and finding cool places to stay.

A high-pressure system over southern New Mexico will bring record or near-record high temperatures through at least the next week.

The pressure system will strengthen over the weekend, and as of yet, there’s no relief from the heat in the forecast, Alyssa Clements, meteorologist with the Albuquerque National Weather Service office, said.

“That area of high pressure is going to bring some very hot, very dry weather to portions of the state probably through early next week,” she said.

“We’re going to see some record-breaking temperatures over the next several days,” she said.

Temperatures for Roswell are forecast to be among the highest in the Albuquerque office’s forecast area, from Wednesday’s 106 to 109 on Monday.

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Record highs for the coming week are:

• Thursday: 106 set in 1951.

• Friday: 108 set in 2016.

• Saturday: 110 set in 2016.

• Sunday: 107 set in 2016.

• Monday: 109 set in 2016.

• Tuesday: 111 set in 1958.

• Wednesday: 103 set in 2019.

Relief from the heat is possible after next Wednesday, Clements said.

“If the area of high pressure can move off to the east, that could result in bringing moisture to the area. Some forecast models are hinting that could happen next week,” she said.

The high temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for Wednesday and Thursday. Clements said advisories can be expected in the coming days, as well.

Heat advisories are issued when temperatures are forecast at 105 degrees and above, she said. An excessive heat warning is issued when temperatures are forecast over 110 degrees.

Clements advised people to keep watch on the temperatures through the next week and take steps to make sure they stay safe.

“Stay indoors, limit your time outside, stay hydrated,” she said.

The New Mexico Department of Health offers further safety advice in the extreme temperatures:

• Avoid outdoor activities between 11 a.m and 6 p.m.

• Drink more water than usual.

• Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

• Monitor people at high risk.

• Do not leave pets or children in cars.

The health department warns heat stress can occur in extreme temperatures.

Heat exhaustion can develop after several days of exposure and inadequate replacement of fluids. Symptoms are heavy sweating, muscle cramps, and feeling weak, tired or dizzy.

Dehydration and over-exposure to high temperatures can cause heatstroke when the body loses the ability to sweat. Symptoms include hot, dry skin; rapid pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and loss of consciousness. Immediate medical attention should be sought for suspected heatstroke, according to the health department.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

Editor’s note: Incorrect temperature information for July 8, including historical information for that date, has been removed from this story.