Record highs are expected to fall as Southwest US bakes in the first heat wave of the season

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PHOENIX (AP) — The first heat wave of the season has arrived earlier than usual across much of the U.S. Southwest, with dangerously hot conditions that produced triple-digit temperatures on Tuesday.
Forecasters say temperatures are likely to top 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3 Celsius) in some areas by Thursday.
Excessive heat warnings were issued for Wednesday morning through Friday evening for parts of southeast California, southern Nevada and Arizona.
Tuesday’s highs reached 106 F (41.1 C) in Bullhead City, Arizona, 104 F (40 C) in Phoenix and 103 F (39.4 C) in Las Vegas.
“A new record high looks almost certain for Las Vegas on Thursday with an 80% chance of reaching 112 degrees (44.4 C).
This would tie the earliest date for reaching 110 degrees (43.3 C) which previously occurred June 6, 2010,” the weather service said Tuesday.
Last summer, Phoenix saw a record 31 straight days of at least 110 degrees F (43.3 C), stretching from the last day of June through the entire month of July.
Phoenix, Maricopa County and Arizona state officials are striving to better protect people from ever higher temperatures.


PHOENIX (AP) — A large portion of the United States has already experienced the season’s first heat wave earlier than normal. S. Southwest, where temperatures reached triple digits on Tuesday due to extremely hot conditions.

It is predicted that by Thursday, temperatures in certain places will likely reach above 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius).

The National Weather Service stated that record daily highs from Las Vegas to Phoenix are in danger as much of the region extending from southeast California to central Arizona will experience “easily their hottest” weather since last September by Wednesday afternoon.

For portions of southeast California, southern Nevada, and Arizona, excessive heat warnings were in effect from Wednesday morning through Friday night.

According to Marc Chenard, a weather service meteorologist in College Park, Maryland, there were “temperatures well above average for the time of year—some spots as much as 10 to 20 degrees above average.”. It was predicted by him that by the end of the week, unusually hot weather would move northward and reach portions of the Pacific Northwest.

Bullhead City, Arizona, recorded 106 F (41 Point 1 C), Phoenix recorded 104 F (40 C), and Las Vegas recorded 103 F (39 Point 4 C) as Tuesday’s highs. California saw highs as high as 112 F (44. 4) in Death Valley at Furnace Creek, 108oF (42oC) in Needles, and 104oF (40 C) in Palm Springs.

The weather service predicted that the temperature in Las Vegas would reach at least 108 F (42 point 2 C) on Wednesday and might even rise higher.

Thursday’s high of 112 degrees (44 points 4 C) in Las Vegas appears almost certain to set a new record. This would equal the June 6, 2010, record date for the earliest temperature to reach 110 degrees (43 points 3 Celsius), according to the weather service on Tuesday.

Thursday was predicted to reach highs of 120 F (48.8 C) at Death Valley’s Furnace Creek and 113 F (45 C) in Phoenix, the latter of which would surpass the city’s record high of 111 F (43.8 C) set in 2016.

That’s why the U.S. S. After learning that four migrants perished over the weekend in southeast New Mexico, close to El Paso, Texas, from heat-related causes, the Border Patrol issued a warning on Monday.

The head of the agency’s El Paso sector, Anthony Good, advised migrants not to risk the intense heat.

Particularly in the summer, the desert climate can be very harsh, according to Good. We implore anyone thinking about crossing the border illegally to be aware of the grave risks. “.

Particularly in Arizona, where fire restrictions were imposed in certain areas prior to Memorial Day and will be enforced throughout a large portion of the western and south-central regions of the state by Thursday, fire crews were on high alert, according to authorities.

It usually doesn’t get this hot until mid- or late-June, according to fire forecasters at the Southwest Coordination Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Tiffany Davila, a representative for the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, stated, “It does seem like Mother Nature is turning up the heat on us a little sooner than usual.”.

Even though it’s nearly 113 degrees outside, we can’t give up on a fire. However, we do monitor all field personnel closely. Take extra care to ensure they are drinking enough water and getting more rest than usual, the speaker advised.

There were a record 31 days in a row in Phoenix last summer with temperatures at least 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius), which occurred from the last day of June to the whole month of July. That time frame accounted for at least 400 of the 645 heat-related fatalities that year.

Arizona state officials, Maricopa County officials, and Phoenix officials are working to better protect citizens from rising temperatures. People who are outside are the most vulnerable to the heat, particularly the homeless in downtown areas who frequently do not have enough access to air conditioning, shade, or water.

Governments are allocating more funds this year to maintain cooling stations’ extended weekend hours, including two that will remain open overnight.

Just east of Phoenix, Mesa’s mayor, John Giles, stated that the city’s officials are “committed to ensuring that those most vulnerable to heat exposure have access to essential life-saving services, including hydration and cooling stations and daytime respite centers.”

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