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Extreme Heat Wave Grips Across the US: Records Shattered, Deaths Mounting

“Record-Breaking Heat Wave Sweeps Across the Nation: Millions at Risk”

Over the weekend, a blistering heat wave swept across the United States, threatening roughly 130 million people with dangerously high temperatures. From the East Coast to the West Coast, records were shattered as the heat wave showed no signs of relenting.

Cities like Ukiah, Livermore, Las Vegas, and Phoenix experienced scorching temperatures, with some breaking century-old records. The National Weather Service extended an excessive heat warning for much of the Southwest, cautioning residents to stay indoors and stay hydrated.

In Las Vegas, where temperatures hit triple digits early in the day, visitors sought refuge in air-conditioned casinos. In more humid parts of the country, temperatures spiked above 100 degrees, causing discomfort for many.

Meteorologists predicted that the heat wave would persist through the coming week, with temperatures reaching unprecedented highs. Even higher elevations, including areas around Lake Tahoe, were not spared from the extreme heat, prompting rare heat advisories in mountainous regions.

In California, wildfires were fueled by the combination of low humidity and high temperatures, posing a challenge for firefighters working to contain the blazes. Festival-goers in Portland, Oregon, coped with the heat by seeking shade, drinking water, and taking advantage of air-conditioned spaces.

Tragically, the heat wave has already claimed lives, with heat-related deaths reported in Arizona and elsewhere. The extreme temperatures also heightened the risk of wildfires, posing a threat to communities in California and beyond.

As the heat wave continues to grip the nation, authorities are urging residents to take precautions, stay cool, and check on vulnerable populations. With temperatures expected to remain high throughout the week, it is essential to stay vigilant and prioritize safety during this unprecedented heat wave.

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