US heat wave 2021 LIVE – Safety tips as extreme heat across US see temps hit 120 degrees & people ask when will it end

A MASSIVE heat wave is hitting parts of the southwest, with temperatures flying into triple digits.

Phoenix, which is seeing some of the highest temperatures this week, tied a record for the second day in a row when it reached 115 degrees (46 Celsius) Wednesday and was expected to hit 117 (47 Celsius) each of the next two days, the National Weather Service said.

A few clouds were holding the temperatures down slightly in the desert region of southwest Arizona and southeast California. But there was no real relief expected from the excessive heat warning in effect until at least Sunday.

Scientists who study drought and climate change say that people living in the American West can expect to see more of the same in the coming years.

Experts are recommending frequent breaks and increased water intake for people who work outside in the heat.

Read our heat wave live blog for all the latest news and updates…

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    WEATHER OFFICIALS RAISE ALARM ABOUT DRY, HOT WEATHER

    A historic heatwave across the West of the United States has sparked extreme weather warnings for 50 million Americans.

    A heat dome has engulfed the west meaning several days of extremely dry weather and record-breaking temperatures are expected to continue

    Weather officials have issued Red Flag warnings and heat advisories for states including California, Nevada and Utah.

    Those living in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado are also under advisories.

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    US GOVERNMENT TELLS AMERICANS TO PREPARE FOR EXTREME HEAT

    The US government warned residents to prepare for heat and humidity with temperatures over 90 degrees.

    The elderly, children, infirm, and overweight Americans are at greater risk from the heat, the government said.

    Safety tips during a heat wave include:

    • Use air conditioning
    • Avoid exercise and strenuous activity
    • Wear light clothing
    • Drink fluids
    • Do not leave people, children, or pets in a closed car
    • Check on family members and neighbors

    Extreme heat can cause heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, the site says.

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNS OF RECORD HIGHS

     

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      RESIDENTS ATTEMPT TO COOL OFF IN THE HEAT

      Arizona residents cool off during the heatCredit: Reuters
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      STATES URGE RESIDENTS TO CONSERVE ENERGY IN THE MIDST OF HEATWAVE

      Texas and California both urged consumers to conserve energy as they experience a record-breaking heat wave.

      The states are attempting to reduce stress on the energy grids to prevent possible power outages.

      In the past year, both states have experienced power outages during extreme weather events, according to Reuters.

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      WARNINGS OF EXTREME HEAT ACROSS THE NATION

      Credit: The Weather Channel

       

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      WHAT ARE ‘HEAT DOMES’?

      Long periods of heat are known as heat domes. They are formed when vast areas of sweltering heat become trapped under a high-pressure dome.

      The larger a heat dome grows, the longer the heatwave lasts.

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      INTENSE HEAT COULD CAUSE WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA

      The NWS in California's Bay Area tweeted: "The first real heat event of 2021 will impact the Bay Area Wed->Fri. Dangerous and near record-breaking heat will be possible. Heat impacts will be mainly inland."

      Palmdale in California broke a 1966 record of 105F to hit 107 degrees.

      Temperatures in Death Valley could reach 123F by Wednesday – just 10 degrees shy of the all-time of 134F recorded in 1913, according to the National Park Service.

      The NWS warned: "Dozens (possibly hundreds) of daily record high maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be set over the next few days in California, the Intermountain West, Desert Southwest, Rockies, and Central/Northern Plains."

      The high temperatures increase the risk of wildfires.

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      VEGAS SEES RECORD HIGHS

      The Weather Service office in Las Vegas said: "Temperatures in Las Vegas will reach at least 113 degrees [on Tuesday], and highs are forecast to be at or above 113 degrees through Saturday.

      "A five-day stretch of max temperatures at or above 113 has only occurred five times in Las Vegas for the period of record dating back to 1937."

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      HEAT WILL CONTINUE TO INTENSIFY 

      AccuWeather Meteorologist Mary Gilbert said: "The heat will only become more intense through the week."

      This is because the jet stream moves northwards as hot air floods into the region.

      Highs of 15-25F above normal are expected at the peak of the heatwave.

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      COLORADO SEES RECORD BREAKING TEMPERATURES TOO 

      And in Colorado the city of Denver broke its June 15 record, reaching a high of 101 degrees Fahrenheit.

      The NWS tweeted on Tuesday: "The high so far today in Denver has been 101 degrees.

      "This breaks the old record of 97 which occurred in 1952 and 1993. There are still several more hours for it to get even warmer."

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      ARIZONA TEMPERATURES BREAK RECORDS AND CONTINUE TO CLIMB

      Phoenix in Arizona was also breaking records with temperatures hitting 117 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday.

      The NWS there tweeted: "Record high temperature tied in Phoenix."

      Highs of 118F are forecast for Thursday and Friday.

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      UTAH REACHES RECORD-BREAKING TEMPS

      In Salt Lake City, Utah, the region tied with its highest ever temperature of 107 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday.

      The NWS said: "We have now tied the highest temperature EVER recorded at Salt Lake City in any month of the year, in the last 147 years of records.

      "It has only happened twice before: July 2002 and July 1960."

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      NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNS ABOUT EXTREME HEAT

      The National Weather Service (NWS) tweeted: "Dangerous and record-breaking heat will continue across the western and central U.S. over the next several days.

      "Dangerous heat will affect much of the western U.S. for much of this week with temperatures up to 120 degrees. These temperatures make any outdoor activities dangerous so stay cool and hydrated."

      Meteorologist Bill Murrell said: "This is happening in the middle of June. This is unprecedented."

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      WEATHER OFFICIALS RAISE ALARM ABOUT DRY, HOT WEATHER

      A historic heatwave across the West of the United States has sparked extreme weather warnings for 50 million Americans.

      A heat dome has engulfed the west meaning several days of extremely dry weather and record-breaking temperatures are expected to continue

      Weather officials have issued Red Flag warnings and heat advisories for states including California, Nevada and Utah.

      Those living in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado are also under advisories.

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