More than 170 people were treated for heat-related ailments and some towns and cities took emergency steps to protect the homeless and elderly as the U.S. West sweltered on Saturday in dangerous near-record, triple-digit temperatures
heat enveloped most of California and Nevada and parts of southern
Arizona as a large high pressure system trapped hot air across the
area, said National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Lericos.
than 170 people were "treated for heat-related injuries"
and 34 more were sent to local hospitals while attending an outdoor
concert on Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, Nevada, where temperatures
soared to 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 C), said Erik Pappa, a spokesman
for Clark County. On Saturday, highs are expected to reach 117 (47
involves pretty much the entire West Coast at this point,"
Lericos said, adding that the steamy conditions, which began in some
pockets on Thursday afternoon, will likely continue throughout the
weekend and linger into next week.
were well into the triple-digits in most of the area, except in
Death Valley, one of the hottest places on earth, temperatures could
soar on Saturday to 128 F (53 C), close to the daily record set in
1994. Other areas in and around the Mojave Desert will see
"exceedingly high temperatures" can cause potentially fatal
heat stroke, Lericos said, noting that those with no air-conditioning
or who must work outdoors were particularly at risk.
an effort to safeguard hundreds of homeless in Phoenix, where
temperatures could hit 120 F (48 C) on Saturday, emergency shelters
are temporarily adding 150 beds.
National Weather Service said the heat warning remains in place
through Sunday, and could be extended into next week should the
in the more temperate Pacific Northwest, such as Seattle and Spokane,
Washington, and Pendleton, Oregon, face hot weather over the weekend
and early next week as the heat moves northward, Lericos said.
wave strikes western US as temps approach 120 in Phoenix, Las Vegas
man died and another was hospitalized in serious condition Saturday
afternoon in heat-aggravated incidents as a heat wave blistered this
sunbaked city and elsewhere in the Southwest.
said temperatures in Las Vegas shot up to 115 degrees on Saturday
afternoon, two degrees short of the city’s all-time record.
hit 119 degrees by mid-afternoon, breaking the record for June 29
that was set in 1994. And large swaths of California sweltered under
extreme heat warnings, which are expected to last into Tuesday night
— and maybe even longer.
forecast for Death Valley in California called for 128 degrees
Saturday, but it was 3 degrees shy of that, according to unofficial
reports from the National Weather Service. Death Valley’s record
high of 134 degrees, set a century ago, stands as the highest
temperature ever recorded on Earth.
Vegas fire and rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said paramedics
responded to a home without air conditioning and found an elderly man
dead. He said while the man had medical issues, paramedics thought
the heat worsened his condition.
said another elderly man suffered a heat stroke when the air
conditioner in his car went out for several hours while he was on a
long road trip. He stopped in Las Vegas, called 911 and was taken to
the hospital in serious condition.
heat wave has sent more than 40 other people to hospitals in Las
Vegas since it arrived Friday, but no life-threatening injuries were
will probably start to see a rise in calls Sunday and Monday as the
event prolongs,” Szymanski said in a statement. “People’s
bodies will be more agitated the longer the event lasts and people
may require medical assistance.”
forecast for Death Valley called for 128 degrees, but temperatures
topped at 125, according to unofficial reports from the National
Weather Service. Death Valley’s record high of 134 degrees, set a
century ago, stands as the highest temperature ever recorded on
100 miles south in Baker, the temperature peaked at an unofficial 117
degrees in the road tripper’s oasis in the Mojave Desert on
Interstate 15. The strip of gas stations and restaurants between Los
Angeles and Las Vegas is known by travelers for the giant thermometer
that often notes temperatures in the triple digits.
in Southern California, Palm Springs peaked at 122 degrees while the
mercury in Lancaster hit 111 — a record.
make matters worse, National Weather Service meteorologists John
Dumas said cooling ocean breezes haven’t been traveling far enough
inland overnight to fan the region’s overheated valleys and
Northern California, record-breaking temperatures were recorded in
Sacramento, where the high was 107 degrees; Marysville, which
sweltered in 109 degrees; and Stockton, which saw 106.
stations were set up to shelter the homeless and elderly people who
can’t afford to run their air conditioners. In Phoenix, Joe Arpaio,
the famously hard-nosed sheriff who runs a tent jail, planned to
distribute ice cream and cold towels to inmates this weekend.
said personnel were added to the Border Patrol’s search-and-rescue
unit because of the danger to people trying to slip across the
Mexican border. At least seven people have been found dead in the
last week in Arizona after falling victim to the brutal desert heat.
are also expected to soar across Utah and into Wyoming and Idaho,
with triple-digit heat forecast for the Boise area. Cities in
Washington state that are better known for cool, rainy weather should
break the 90s next week.
heat was so punishing that rangers took up positions at trailheads at
Lake Mead in Nevada to persuade people not to hike. Zookeepers in
Phoenix hosed down the elephants and fed tigers frozen fish snacks.
Dogs were at risk of burning their paws on scorched pavement, and
airlines kept close watch on the heat for fear that it could cause
flights to be delayed.
increasing frequency of downpours, on top of already locally heavy
June rainfall, will raise the threat of flooding in part of the
eastern third of the nation into the first week of July.
downpours will tend to be isolated and flooding will be limited to
urban, poor drainage areas and right along small streams.
as the pattern continues to evolve and a swath of tropical downpours
stalls in the region, flooding problems can become more extensive and
locations along the Atlantic Seaboard have already received double
and triple their normal rainfall for June in absence of the upcoming
communities in the Midwest got a taste of what such a weather pattern
can deliver Tuesday night into early Wednesday. Later Wednesday,
flooding extended into parts of Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Isn't this is the area that is experiencing a heat wave?