Heat wave brings deadly temperatures to the US Southwest

Heat wave brings deadly temperatures to the US Southwest

Heat wave brings deadly temperatures to the US Southwest

A powerful heat wave has gripped the US Southwest this weekend, with approximately 53 million Americans facing extreme heat warnings. According to meteorologists, the heat will move east from Monday.

Cities and areas with record temperatures included Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and Death Valley in California. Texas also suffers from excessive heat.

On Saturday, Las Vegas hit 109 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking its record for the hottest day on that date since 1956. Phoenix hit 114 degrees, breaking its 1918 record, and Denver was at 100 degrees, breaking its 2013 record. This is reported by the National Weather Service.

Death Valley, located in southeastern California near the Nevada border, reached 122 degrees, a record for the day. Other nearby areas also reached triple digits.

Heat warnings and advisories were issued for parts of Northern California through the Central Valley and into the southeastern deserts near Palm Springs.

Most of California’s coastal cities were able to dodge the extreme heat this weekend. San Francisco and parts of Northern California experienced intense heat early Saturday that eventually cooled in the afternoon.

The National Weather Service warned that heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths for most years.

As temperatures continue to rise, the NWS noted, “You are generally safe indoors with the AC on, while staying hydrated. In extreme heat, stay indoors and stay cool.”

Outside the US, a severe heat wave is hitting Portugal and Spain. In Evora, Portugal, the heat is expected to reach 106 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday. In Seville, Spain, a temperature of 111 degrees is expected on Tuesday.

Parts of Spain experienced record heat waves in May.

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