Phoenix, Vegas and Denver post record highs amid Southwest heatwave

Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and California’s Death Valley all recorded record high temperatures on Saturday as dangerous heat swept through the American Southwest.

The Phoenix National Weather Service reported a temperature of 114 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius), tying the record for the date set in 1918.

Las Vegas tied a daytime record set in 1956, with temperatures reaching 109 F (43 C). The National Weather Service said there was a chance that high temperatures in both cities could rise even further.

In Colorado, Denver reached 100 F (38 C), tying a record set in 2013 for high temperature and the first calendar day to reach 100 F.

Temperatures in several inland regions of California hit triple digits in the afternoon, with a record high for June 11 of 122 F (50 C) reached in Death Valley.

Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories have been issued for parts of Northern California through the Central Valley and into the deserts of the Southeast.

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The National Weather Service also predicted 114 F (46 C) in Palm Springs and temperatures around 100 F (38 C) in the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento area.

The heat was expected to spread to inland portions of the San Francisco Bay Area, but most coastal areas of California remained heat advisory free.

The scorching heat in Northern California was expected to ease Saturday evening. Heat advisories in parts of Southern California have been extended through Sunday.

Meteorologists warned of a very high “heat hazard” in south-central Arizona through the weekend. High temperatures were likely to approach record territory – anywhere between 110 F (43 C) and 115 F (46 C). They urged the public to limit outdoor activities.

Parts of New Mexico and Texas were also expected to see triple digit numbers.

The heat is part of the normal summer routine in the desert, but meteorologists say that doesn’t mean people have to feel comfortable. Excessive heat causes more deaths in the United States than other weather-related disasters, including hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes combined.

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Scientists say more frequent and intense heat waves are likely in the future due to climate change and worsening drought conditions.

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