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Labor Day may have marked the unofficial end of summer, but New Mexico is expected to have scorching weather this week.
Daniel Porter, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, said this week will likely be “quiet and hot.”
Albuquerque and New Mexico’s eastern plains are expected to bear the brunt of the unseasonable heat.
“If people are outdoors for long periods of time, not drinking water, there could be elevated risk for heat-related illnesses,” Porter said.
Porter advised residents to stay hydrated and avoid strenuous outdoor activities in the heat.
Albuquerque is expected to have a high of 92 degrees Wednesday and 93 Thursday.
Hazy skies are possible Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning as wildfire smoke drifts into the region.
Albuquerque could have record high temperatures this weekend.
The Albuquerque Sunport weather monitoring station is expected to reach a high of 96 degrees Friday, which would surpass the record of 95 degrees for that day.
Tucumcari and Roswell could both reach 100 degrees Friday. A triple-digit thermometer reading would break heat records for both regions.
Saturday’s Albuquerque forecast calls for a high of 95 degrees, beating the previous record of 94.
Rain chances are minimal all week across the state.
“We will get a bit of a break from the monsoon period here,” Porter said. “We’re not anticipating any precipitation for the next several days.”
Theresa Davis is a Report for America corps member covering water and the environment for the Albuquerque Journal.