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Dangerous Heat Wave Hits US Southwest

Submitted by on June 30, 2013 – 6:34 pmOne Comment

The American Southwest, from California to Arizona to Utah, is being hit with a week of scorching triple digit temperatures that could rival the hottest ever recorded on earth. The heat creates risk for all in the areas, but is especially concerning for the elderly, travelers, and pets.

CNN reports that the mercury in Death Valley, CA is expected to hit 128°F on Saturday. This week also marks the hundredth anniversary of “what the National Weather Service calls the ‘highest reliably recorded air temperature on Earth’ — 134 degrees on July 10, 1913, in Death Valley’s Greenland Ranch.”

The heat is reportedly being caused by a high pressure front that is keeping out colder air from the Northwest.

The Huffington Post explains that the heat could wreak havoc on travel: Phoenix airport learned during a heat wave in 2005 that it didn’t know how its planes responded to the extremes. The transit hub now knows that many models can perform reliably even into the 120′s, but those temperatures are being approached.

The article also warned about walking pets outside, saying that scorching pavement could cause their paws to burn and blister.

What are you doing to protect from the heat this week?


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