Historic heat wave to hit western United States

In Las Vegas, Nevada, temperatures could reach 110.5 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, July 6, tying the city’s all-time high. In Palm Springs, in southern California, temperatures could be even hotter on Monday, with a high of 119.3 degrees Fahrenheit. In the same western state, but much further north, in Redding, temperatures are expected to reach 119.3 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, which would be a record high for the city.

All this data (and more) provided by the Washington Post, testify to an exceptional situation. Indeed, summarizes the American media, “One of the worst heat waves on record in the western United States is expected to peak this weekend through early next week, bringing a brutal and sustained wave of high temperatures to the Southwest, much of California and parts of the Pacific Northwest.”.

“A risk of illness and death”

In the famous “Death Valley”, California (where in 1913 the world record for the highest temperature was recorded with 56.6 °C), meteorologists predict several consecutive days (until Thursday) of maximum temperatures never below 53.8 °C. A “series of hot days” unpublished, analyzes the Washington Post, who even considers that in reality the highest temperature of all time could also be recorded on Tuesday, since the measurement of 1913 may not actually be reliable according to new analyses.

In any case, beyond the records, this situation of prolonged extreme heat, “increases the risk of disease and death,” worries the progressive daily, according to which, “These temperatures could also put a strain on power grids”.

Where there is great heat, there is also the risk of fire, and this is the danger who worries the Los Angeles Times, which evokes, “strong winds and abnormally high night-time temperatures.” Conditions which, according to experts, “are preparing much of the state’s landscape to burn”The Californian media is already able to draw up a list of forest fires that have begun to ravage the region.

Unfortunately, this is a situation that the western state has become accustomed to in recent years, but this time, the fire season seems to have started earlier than expected, meteorologist Ryan Kittell told The Daily Beast. Los Angeles Times. “We usually record these temperatures in August, the expert analyses as a conclusion. But even if it were August, we would be at the upper end of possible heat conditions.”

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