A heat wave affecting 50 million Americans hits the West.
Widespread excessive heat warnings and heat warnings are applicable to California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah.
“Dangerous and record-breaking heat continues across parts of the western and central plains,” said the National Weather Service (NWS).
“A few monthly and even records of all time have already been tied / broken this week associated with the current heat wave,” the agency added.
Salt Lake City tied its full-time on Tuesday at 1
NWS Las Vegas tells people to avoid the outdoors and drink plenty of water due to the extremely high temperatures.
Beat the Heat!
Drink from colorful recyclable water bottles to help remind you to drink water.
Add fruits or vegetables to the water to make it more appealing.
Check the rear seat.
♀️ Limit outdoor activities. Even morning temps are HOT. #VegasWeather #NvWx #CaWx #AzWx pic.twitter.com/2A6nX58HiQ
– NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) June 16, 2021
Rising temperatures increase the risk of drought and fire that states have experienced in the past.
“Firefighters remain active throughout the West today and tomorrow. Dry and windy conditions will lead to more areas with increased fire weather, “NWS said on Wednesday.
Firefighters remain active throughout the West today and tomorrow. Dry and windy conditions will lead to more areas with elevated fire weather. Another concern will be dry thunderstorm activity in the southwest and central Rockies, which could promote dry fuel fire starts. pic.twitter.com/rskRuYLHd9
– NWS Storm Prediction Center (@NWSSPC) June 16, 2021
The governor of Utah asked residents of the state two weeks ago to join him on a weekend of praying for rain during a state-time emergency drought.