Nation & World News

Heat Wave Will Bake Southwest For Most Of This Week

By Bill Chappell on July 1st, 2013

The record-breaking heat that has broiled the Southwest since Friday shows no signs of letting up. According to the National Weather Service, “triple-digit temperatures will be common across the Southwest” through at least Wednesday.

The temperature in Death Valley — where the temperature reached 134 degrees in 1913, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth — hit 128 degrees Sunday. That mark set a record high for the month of June in the U.S. The weather service says to expect similar heat today.

Las Vegas tied its record high of 117 degrees Sunday, and the heat is being blamed for contributing to at least one death and an illness, reports The Las Vegas Sun.

In a sign of how inescapable the heat can be, Las Vegas also tied its record of “highest low,” with the temperature dropping only to 89 degrees overnight, The Associated Press reports.

As we reported Friday, forecasters are warning people to stay cool and take precautions against the heat in much of Nevada, southeastern California, and western Arizona.

The weather service warns that nearby regions, from the valleys of the Northern Rockies to the Pacific Northwest, also could see temperatures rise above 100 degrees this week.

The news comes even as the latest U.S. drought report predicts areas of improvement west of Texas, including nearly all of New Mexico. But the drought is expected to persist in a much larger area.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

There was good news along with the bad at the New York Stock Exchange this week.

On Wall Street: Not Much Fun, But It Sure Was Interesting

Markets have been seeing some of the biggest stock-price swings in years. And economists say the extreme volatility is starting to weigh down consumer confidence.


Doctors Without Borders To Take Legal Action Against Bollywood Film

The aid organization also known as Médecins Sans Frontières says that Phantom portrays a worker for a “confusingly similar” group who helps track down a terrorist.


Dartmouth College Engineering graduate Quinn Connell (upper left) controls the movement of the team's Mobile Virtual Player during college football practice Wednesday.

Dartmouth Football’s Brilliant Dummies

Two then-students at Dartmouth College built a game-changing mobile robotic football dummy that they say will decrease head injuries sustained from repeated tackling collisions.


University Of Illinois Fires Football Coach Over Handling Of Player Injuries

Illini Director of Athletics Mike Thomas fired Tim Beckman on Friday. A school statement says the decision was made “in the best interests of student-athletes.”


Polish Deputy Culture Minister and Head of Conservation Piotr Zuchowski speaks at a news conference Friday in Warsaw, Poland, on the so-called Nazi gold train.

Secret Nazi Treasure Train May Have Been Found, Polish Official Says

Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski says images from ground-penetrating radar have him “99 percent convinced” of the location of the hidden train, which may contain gold, gems and other loot.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments