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Southwest Heat Wave Bringing Triple-Digit Record Temps

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Jun 2016 11:04 AM

The Southwest is bracing for a heat wave that could break records as temperatures are forecast to climb into triple digits over the weekend and early next week.

"A truly historic heat wave is likely to bring intense and all-time record challenging heat to a large part of the Southwest this weekend into next week," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said.

Temperatures are expected to reach 10 to 20 degrees above normal in states including California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona.

"The core of the heat will be centered on Arizona, where portions of the state, including Phoenix, could approach their highest temperature on record for any calendar day," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

Highs in Arizona and southeastern California are expected to be 115 to 120 degree, USA Today reported, noting that the record high in Phoenix is 122 degrees set on June 26, 1990.

"The dry weather is normal," meteorologist James Sawtelle said, according to USA Today. "This kind of heat wave is significantly above normal."

The National Weather Service urged caution to avoid heat-related illness, which can be signified by headaches, dizziness, muscle cramps and nausea.

Excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events in recent years, according to the Red Cross.

The Red Cross offers tips for staying safe during a heat wave, including stay hydrated, eat smaller meals more often, avoid strenuous exercise, check on friends and neighbors, and wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Warnings about the heat spread on Twitter.


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