New Highs Temps Set In Southwest

PHOENIX (AP) — The National Weather Service says a new high of 127 degrees has been set at California’s Death Valley as a heat wave stretches across the U.S. Southwest.

Weather Service forecaster Chris Outler in Las Vegas said the record was set Tuesday, breaking the previous record of 126 registered for the day in 1916.

He says Las Vegas reached a high of 112 on Tuesday, but that wasn’t a record for the day.

The weather service says other record highs set Tuesday included 122 in Thermal, in California’s Coachella Valley, and 121 in Palm Springs.

Weather service forecaster Andrew Deemer says the Phoenix high of 116 on Tuesday was tied with the previous record set in 2014.

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The Las Vegas area could see its hottest day of the year this week as a heat wave stretching across the U.S. Southwest brings dangerously high temperatures.

An excessive heat warning from the National Weather Service in Las Vegas is in effect through Thursday, when temperatures are expected to reach 114 degrees.

Meteorologist Alex Boothe says the area will see no overnight relief through Friday, with low temperatures not projected to drop below 89 degrees.

Boothe says heat waves like this are the deadliest type of weather in Las Vegas. He says the week will be “brutal” for anyone who spends time outdoors and urges people to move their pets indoors.

Daytime cooling stations are now open. Las Vegas officials are urging homeless people to use them after three individuals were found dead last week of suspected heat-related causes.