Dangerous Heat to Blanket Southwest U.S.

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Dangerously hot temperatures were again forecast for California and the desert Southwest on Tuesday, where records could fall in a heat wave that the National Weather Service described as “extreme even by desert standards.”

Excessive heat warnings were in effect for Tuesday — just in time for the official start of summer — for the entire length of California, all of Arizona and parts of Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.

“It takes a lot for the weather service to put out excessive heat warnings for that part of the country, so you know it’s going to be pretty darned hot,” said Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

Image: Phoenix Heat

A Salvation Army hydration station sign gets is by the midday sun as temperatures climb to near-record highs on Monday in Phoenix.