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Albuquerque could hit 100 degrees Sunday

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Josh Franco, assistant winemaker for Casa Rondeña Winery in Los Ranchos, restacks young riesling grapevines on Friday morning. Albuquerque could hit a high of 100 degrees on Sunday, which would tie the city’s record temperature for June 13. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

It’s getting hot in here.

Much of New Mexico could see triple-digit temperatures Saturday into early next week, while severe thunderstorms are possible this weekend for the state’s eastern half.

The National Weather Service Office in Albuquerque warned that the metro area could reach a high of 104 degrees Sunday.

The record high temperature for Albuquerque on June 13 is 100.

Santa Fe is expected to approach the mid-90s Sunday and Monday, and Farmington will likely experience triple-digit heat those days.

Aside from the blistering heat, a storm system could move across northeastern and east central New Mexico this weekend. Lightning, hail and gusty winds may accompany those storms.

The weekend follows a dry and smoky week that broke multiple heat records.

Roswell hit 111 degrees Thursday, the city’s second-hottest high temperature on record. The Alien Capital of the World “cooled off” to 106 on Friday afternoon.

Tucumcari reached 108 degrees Thursday — its third-hottest temperature ever recorded.

The New Mexico Department of Health says the extreme heat increases the risk for heat-related illness.

“People … who work outdoors should especially take precautions, such as frequently going into cooled indoor places, staying well-hydrated, and by taking breaks often in shaded areas,” Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said in a release.

Heat exhaustion symptoms include clammy skin, dizziness, heavy sweating, nausea, headache, cramps and weakness, according to NMDOH.

More severe heat stroke signs include confusion, a high body temperature and hot skin.


Theresa Davis is a Report for America corps member covering water and the environment for the Albuquerque Journal.


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