Even as the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast cool a bit, the U.S. Southwest is practically boiling.
The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings for parts of Arizona, California and Nevada through Wednesday, with temperatures forecast to peak Tuesday at 113 degrees in Las Vegas; 113 in Phoenix; 116 degrees in Yuma, Arizona; and 125 degrees in Death Valley, California.
In the Las Vegas Valley, local officials are opening up cooling stations Tuesday to give residents a place to beat the heat. Forecast highs in the 100s will continue into next week.
Some may think that the excessive heat warnings are, well, a bit excessive given they're being issued for the desert where 100-plus temperatures aren't uncommon.
Not so, says Gary Woodall of the National Weather Service in Phoenix.
"We look at our high temperatures and the low temperatures that we're forecasting," he told affiliate KPHO. An average temperature of 100 degrees for the day is key, since that would limit the body's ability to cool itself.FULL STORY