Sweltering heat, potential record temperatures in the Southwest forecast


Millions of people in parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah were under a heat advisory on Friday, as meteorologists expect triple-digit temperatures again in part of the Southwest.

It’s another day of scorching, possibly record-breaking temperatures across the region as the first major heat wave of the year continues into the weekend and likely next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Multiple cities – including Fresno, California; Las Vegas, Reno and Ely, Nevada; and Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona — could reset their records Friday, AccuWeather said.

The week has already brought record heat to several cities.

On Thursday, Las Vegas reached a high of 111 degrees, making it the earliest recorded date that Las Vegas has ever reached such a scorching temperature, according to the region’s data. National Weather Service office. Death Valley also set a daily record high with an afternoon high of 122 degrees. In Texas, San Angelo hit a daily high Tuesday when temperatures reached 111 degrees. And in California, several cities broke daily records this week, including Santa Rosa, Palmdale in Los Angeles County and Bishop — all with temperatures well into the triple digits.

Forecasters say the coming extreme heat will also be felt in parts of Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Oregon and New Mexico.

In California, Friday’s heat is expected to scorch eastern San Diego County with dangerously hot conditions and temperatures as high as 108 degrees, the National Weather Service said. Meteorologists also warned of temperatures between 105 and 111 degrees expected throughout the Tucson, Arizona area. Meanwhile, Las Vegas could reach temperatures between 107 and 114 degrees.

The brutal heat is partly related to a heat wave that scorched Mexico in recent weeks and led to dozens of deaths. As the heat dome parks over the Southwest, officials are issuing advisories and urging people to avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check on family and neighbors,” the weather service warned. “Do not leave young children and pets in vehicles unattended. Car interiors will reach lethal temperatures within minutes.”

On Thursday, at least 11 people who attended a Donald Trump rally in Phoenix, Arizona, were hospitalized due to heat exhaustion, ABC15 reported. Temperatures in Phoenix reached a high of 113 degrees Thursday afternoon, the city’s hottest day so far this year.

“It’s not unusual to see some record heat this time of year. We’re in summer now,” Sean Benedict, chief meteorologist for the Phoenix Weather Service, told The Arizona Republic, part of the USA TODAY Network. “It just comes down to finding the right adjustment, which we do have with strong high pressure over the area.”

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