Daily US Times: Extreme temperatures are building in the western US, with forecasts of record-breaking temperatures in the states of Nevada and California.
The latest temperatures increasing comes just weeks after another dangerous heatwave hit North America, and the region has experienced the hottest June on record.
California’s Death Valley on Friday recorded a high of 130F (54.4C), with similar heat expected this weekend.
Millions of people in the United States are under warnings of excessive heat.
The National Weather Service has advised those affected to stay in air conditioned buildings and drink plenty of water.
On Friday, the temperature in Death Valley matched one recorded in August 2020 – which some argue is the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth. A temperature of 134F (56.7C) was recorded in 1913, but this is contested by climate experts.
In the region, firefighters battling the many wildfires and they say the air is so dry that much of the water dropped by aircraft to quell the flames evaporates before it reaches the ground.
In the north of Nevada, near the border with California, residents were evacuated from their homes as wildfires triggered by lightning strikes tore through parts of the Sierra Nevada forest region.
Forecasters say Las Vegas’s record of 116F (47.2C) could also be passed.
More evacuation orders were issued in Oregon when a wildfire fanned by strong winds in the Fremont-Winema National Forest grew from nearly 26 sq miles (67 sq km) on Thursday to nearly 61 sq miles on Friday.