ABNORMAL temperatures are happening throughout the West coast of the United States.
The Western US region is experiencing a heat wave, causing temperatures to skyrocket upwards of triple digits.
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Heat wave map: Where in the US is it happening?
On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, on the west coast of the United States, the National Weather Service announced that over 40 million people along the coast are under a heat advisory or excessive heat warning.
So far at least 11 states have reported triple digit temperatures, including:
- New Mexico
- South Dakota
The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City tweeted, "No easy way to say this, so we'll just cut straight to the chase: It's going to be *very* hot for a *long time* next week."
Residents were advised by the weather service to stay hydrated and avoid extended periods of time outdoors if possible.
What have the high temperatures been?
Reports stated that Phoenix, Arizona, experienced temperatures of 115 degrees. The city is expected to hit higher temperatures later in the week, around 117 degrees.
Moving to Palm Springs, California, reports indicate that they have experienced temperatures of 120 degrees, breaking the record-high temperatures that were set back in 1961.
Death Valley, California, almost broke another record on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Their temperature was 124, just 10 degrees shy of the highest temperature recorded in that area and in the world, which was 134 degrees back in 1913.
Denver, Colorado, also set new temperature records during this heat wave after hitting 101 degrees on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The previous record set between 1952 and 1993 was 97.
What effects has this heat wave had on states?
For many states, these high temperatures have been a problem.
Aside from the higher risk of rolling blackouts and down power, wildfires and drought have also been occurring.
Since Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at least 14 new fires have been reported in Montana and Wyoming.
It has been reported in Idaho that nearly 80 percent of the state is in a drought and the rest will likely experience it in the coming months.
“Heat waves are getting worse in the West because the soil is so dry,” said Park Williams, a University of California, Los Angeles, climate and fire scientist who has calculated that soil in the western half of the nation is the driest it has been since 1895, to USAToday. “
We could have two, three, four, five of these heat waves before the end of the summer," they continued.
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