"More than 100 million people, around a third of Americans, were under extreme
heat advisories this weekend and that record-breaking heat was expected to
continue into the new week.
There were advisories from coast to coast, with the south-west and parts of the
west hard hit and officials warning that conditions could get worse in Arizona,
California and Nevada.
Residents were warned to “take the heat seriously and avoid time outdoors” by
the National Weather Service, which said it was “potentially deadly to anyone
without effective cooling and/or adequate hydration”.
Cooling centers extended their hours in some cities and emergency rooms
prepared to treat more people with heat-related illnesses.
In Phoenix, Arizona, the forecast for Sunday was for 118F (47.7C) and it was
expected to be the city’s 17th consecutive day of 110F (43.3C) or higher. The
record was 18 days, in 1974, which the city seems likely to pass on Tuesday.
According to the Maricopa county health department, there have been 12
heat-related deaths in the Phoenix area so far in 2023, with 55 other deaths
currently under investigation.
“Record heat continues across the region today and through most of this
upcoming week,” said National Weather Service Phoenix on Sunday. It shared
safety tips such as drinking plenty of water and checking on relatives and
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