Flash Flood Watch in effect for wildfire burn areas

Flash Flood Watch in effect for wildfire burn areas

20 July 2006

published by www.thedesertsun.com

Palm Springs, CA, USA — The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch today for portions of the burn areas affected by the Sawtooth and Millard Complex wildfires.

The watch will go into effect at 11 a.m. and last through the evening. It also includes the Coachella Valley, the weather service said.

There is a potential for scattered thunderstorms with possible heavy rainfall that could contribute to flash flooding and increase the chance of mud or debris flows.

In areas burned by the wildfires, the service is warning that “flooding … mud slides … rock slides and debris flows will be possible … “

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding and is considered a “very dangerous situation.”

AccuWeather predicts a high today of 110, with the potential for thunderstorms late in the day.

By 4 p.m., temperatures are expected to reach 112 degrees, with a “real feel” of 115 degrees.

The average high for this time of year is 109 degrees, with a record high of 118 set in 1978.

The average low is 77 degrees, with the record of 63 set in 1940.


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