Summer arrived yesterday in the northern hemisphere and it announced its presence with a record-setting heatwave that is still consuming much of the American West.
Parts of California, New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado are currently under an excessive heat warning, with temperatures expected to peak today.
Yesterday, the heat in many areas reached record highs, with temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Palm Springs reached a record temperature for June with 122 degrees Fahrenheit. The Weather Channelalso reports that Las Vegas and Death Valley had daily record highs as well, with 115 and 128 degrees Fahrenheit respectively.
People living in areas with these extreme temperatures are encouraged to stay hydrated, avoid being outside for long stretches of time, and generally, stay as cool as possible. There were 45 heat-related deaths last year in the United States.