West Is So Hot, Planes Grounded
No end in sight to scorching triple-digit temps
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 30, 2013 5:23 AM CDT
Construction workers gather at a new home site at sunrise to beat daytime high temperatures, Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Queen Creek, Ariz.   (Matt York)

(Newser) – Forecasters called for more supercharged temperatures today as a heat wave gripped the Southwest, leaving one man dead and another hospitalized in serious condition in heat-aggravated incidents in sunbaked Phoenix. US Airways canceled 18 flights yesterday over the heat; planes are certified to takeoff in up to 118 degrees, but the mercury hit 119 in Phoenix, reports CNN. Temperatures in Las Vegas shot up to 115 degrees, two degrees short of a record, while Death Valley hit 125. Death Valley's record high of 134 degrees, set nearly a century ago on July 10, 1913, stands as the planet's highest recorded temperature.

Large swaths of California sweltered under extreme heat warnings, which are expected to last into Tuesday night—and maybe longer. The oppressive heat has sent more than 40 other people to hospitals in Las Vegas since it arrived Friday, but no life-threatening injuries were reported. "We will probably start to see a rise in calls Sunday and Monday as the event prolongs," says a Las Vegas fire and rescue spokesman. The heat was so punishing that rangers took up positions at trailheads at Lake Mead in Nevada to persuade people not to hike. Zookeepers in Phoenix hosed down elephants and fed tigers frozen fish snacks, and dogs were at risk of burning their paws on scorched pavement. Some 200 people were treated yesterday at a concert in Vegas.

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Jun 30, 2013 11:02 PM CDT
Horror in Arizona. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/30/arizona-wildfire-yarnell_n_3526934.html
Jun 30, 2013 8:14 PM CDT
Drink plenty of water, about a gallon a day. Do not try to cool off by drinking a ice cold beverage quickly. It will take away all of you body's energy, and you will begin to feel ill. and if you wait until your thirsty, then you are already dehydrated.
Jun 30, 2013 2:48 PM CDT
Yeah it's a scorcher out here. What's different is we're getting high humidity w/the heat & the temps aren't going down much at night. So the effect is at 11:30 at night a couple nights ago the temp was 78F with 70% humidity. Nasty. Your shirt soaks to your chest & the air is just moist & saturated. The A/C has to run for about 5 minutes before a room cools down & the air becomes dry. We don't usually get this kind of humidity along w/the heat out here. I've been to Reno in the summer where it was 98F & 3-4% humidity during the day, it felt like it was maybe 80F with the dry desert air. This is more like how the South is in the summer, but we're getting this on the West Coast now. Hmm :/