200 Treated for Heat at Concert as West Bakes
Death Valley will approach 130 today
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2013 9:59 AM CDT
Elephants at Utah's Hogle Zoo are cooled off with a water hose Friday.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

(Newser) – Authorities say 200 people were treated for heat problems yesterday as temperatures soared at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. None of the problems were life-threatening, but about 30 people at the Van Warped Tour at Silverton Casino were hospitalized. The National Weather Service reported temperatures in the area of 115, part of a heat wave affecting several Western states. California's Death Valley, typically the hottest place on the planet, is expected to hit 128 today.

Phoenix, meanwhile, reached 116 yesterday, but that was 2 degrees short of the expected high in part because a light layer of smoke from wildfires in neighboring New Mexico shielded the blazing sun. Temperatures are also expected to soar across Utah and into Wyoming and Idaho, with triple-digit heat forecast for the Boise area. Cities in Washington state that are better known for cool, rainy weather should break the 90s next week. The heat is the result of a high-pressure system brought on by a shift in the jet stream, the high-altitude air current that dictates weather patterns. The jet stream has been more erratic in the past few years.

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Jun 29, 2013 6:24 PM CDT
I think some sensationalizing and history rewriting is going on here. I lived in Phoenix from late June thru early Oct. of 1976 and there were several days in July that daytime temps. were 122 degrees and nighttime lows were 85. No noise was made over it, they considered it normal. Now 117 deg. is a big deal and "proves" global warming? BS! I also have an acquaintance that lived in Death Valley, near the Salton Sea. In '77 he told me that 135 degrees there in summer wasn't unusual. Now, 128 degrees is some kind of big deal and "proves" global warming? BS! There has been no earth heating in the past 16 years. I grew up on the NC coast and the sea level is right where it was 50 years ago. Scientists say that if the polar ice melted, the sea level would rise 219 ft. With all the ice melting claims, where is the rise in sea level? Global warming is a hoax! It has a political agenda behind it!
Jun 29, 2013 4:57 PM CDT
Its a dry heat. Really, my first trip to Vegas was in late July. Your body's cooling system works very effectively because of the dry heat. Those people who needed treating did not replace water and minerals. We never have that problem because we usually go from one Margarita stand to the next. The closest we had to a problem was when we took the shuttle to the Rio. We had gambled enough and I hit big on a quarter machine so I told them we were done, as is my policy. The Rio shuttle dropped you off at the east entrance and they picked up at the south entrance. That way, they could drop off every 30 minutes and only pick up every hour or so. We didn't want to wait so we walked from Rio to Caesar's. I know my body and right after we got there, I found a daiquiri stand and ordered a yard of virgin joy. The buds ordered the same but with the hooch and a couple torpedoes. Later, both of them got sick from heat exhaustion. I warned them not to drink alcohol. That was fine, while they were drinking gatorade in the NYNY suite, I was at the dueling piano bar hitting on women way out of my league. I hit the nickel slots they used to have in what is now the high limit area. I stayed on that machine until 3AM. I returned to the suite with several buckets of nickels and both of them were up eating room service steaks. I told them I may sleep in. The lesson about Vegas is pace, water, water, water, pace, and avoid the south strip. Stick with Palms, Ellis Island, and 7-11.
Jun 29, 2013 4:29 PM CDT
I have enough of this heat, we use to have nice summers up to 108F, it's clear that the stuff they spraying out there affects us more and more.