Heat Wave Weather Patterns
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- Heat waves commonly occur during the summer when weather patterns are slower to shift.
- Most often heat waves happen when a ridge of high pressure sits over an area for an extended period of time.
- Dry air moves down, compresses and warms, quickly heating the ground.
- This raises the air temperature, and since high pressures are typically cloud free, the increased sunlight also contributes to the warming air.