Death Valley, Las Vegas smash records as heat wave in West persists

Death Valley, Las Vegas smash records as heat wave in West persists

6/18/2021 7:02:00 PM

Death Valley, Las Vegas smash records as heat wave in West persists

A blistering heat wave lingering over the western U.S. has smashed record temperatures in multiple states, increasing wildfire danger and worsening historic and life-threatening drought.

, the WMO noted that the extreme temperatures were part of a trend due to climate change, with heat waves"more frequent and more intense." Gerry Huddleston of Santa Rosa, Calf. cools off in the very shallow water of the Russian River, Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, Calif. An unusually early and long-lasting heat wave brought more triple-digit temperatures Wednesday to a large swath of the U.S. West, raising concerns that such extreme weather could become the new normal amid a decades-long drought. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

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."But if it’s dry, we are under extreme risk."California's Cal Fire has warned that the state has continued to"and acres burned" in 2021"compared to last year."  Read more: Fox News »

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