US southwest heat wave latest 2021 – Arizona and Las Vegas among areas hit by extreme temperatures that could hit 120F

A MASSIVE heatwave 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.

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.

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. Palm Springs hit a high of 120 degrees on Tuesday.

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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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