heat dome

[ heet dohm ]
/ ˈhit ˌdoʊm /

noun Meteorology.

a weather phenomenon in which an area experiences stifling heat when a system of high pressure pushes very warm air downward and keeps it trapped as if in a bubble.

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Origin of heat dome

First recorded in 1955–60
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