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Southwest United States is issued an ‘excessive heat warning’

An ‘excessive heat warning’ has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for the Southwest United States over the weekend, with temperatures reaching a record-tying 125 degrees in Death Valley National Park on Friday. 

The NWS announced on Wednesday that the warnings would apply for parts of S. Nevada, NW Arizona & SE California and advised for people to ‘hydrate frequently and limit times outdoors.’      

‘Strong high pressure aloft will result in a protracted period of VERY hot temps across the deserts,’ the NWS Phoenix said on Twitter. 

The weather service also announced that the Phoenix, Yuma and Imperial areas would have their Excessive Heat Warning into effect until Monday. 

On Friday, the temperature at Death Valley National Park in California was blazing at a sweltering 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The scorching temperature tied a record high for July 31st set in 2017, the weather service shared.

Needles, California, saw record breaking temperatures as their new high of 121 degrees beat out the old record of 117 degrees set in 1978. 

In Kingman, Arizona, the new record of 112 degrees Fahrenheit beat out the old record of 108 degrees set in 1938.  

Temperatures in Las Vegas were 113 degrees on Saturday, described by the NWS as being a ‘little less hot but still dry’ in comparison to the day before. 

Phoenix also saw extremely hot weather as their low morning temperature was still a ‘very warm’ 93 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 113 degrees on Saturday.  

Many cities across this particular region of the country will see temperatures well over 100 degrees as the weekend continues into the week.

The National Weather Service has advised residents to avoid ‘strenuous activity’ and to also cancel outdoor activities. 

In addition to staying hydrated, they have also told people to seek air condition and to check in with family members. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, more than 600 people die from extreme heat every year. 

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