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Triple-digit heat grips western U.S.


August 7, 2019

Dangerous heat engulfed the western United States early this week, with temperatures in the hottest deserts reaching or approaching the 120-degree Fahrenheit mark.

While heat is no stranger to the interior West during the summer, the sizzle early this week has residents taking extra steps to keep cool and avoid heat-related illnesses.

Temperatures are expected to climb 5-10 degrees above normal daily through today in most communities from the deserts of California and Arizona to Idaho and Washington, away from the coast. Each of these states will have widespread highs in the 90s and 100s.

Several cities have daily record highs in jeopardy.

"This will likely be the hottest stretch of weath...

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