Cities like Las Vegas are expected to break all-time heat records.
The West Coast Re-Heated
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a sweltering heatwave is set to hit the West Coast.
Less than a week after a record-breaking heatwave that pummelled the Pacific Northwest, rising temperatures are now set to hit the West Coast this weekend — with California and Nevada bearing the brunt of it, according to Gizmodo. On Friday, the National Weather Service (NWS) even issued heat warnings for Northern and Central California.
"This is a multi-day excessive heat event," the NWS alert said.
Potential Record-Breaking Heat
Gizmodo also reported that Death Valley in California might see temperatures hit a brain-melting 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4 degrees Celsius). If that happens, it would tie the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth… which coincidentally, also occurred in Death Valley.
Cities such as Las Vegas, Nevada are expected to surpass their all-time record high temperatures.
So far 2021 has been a summer of climate crisis for the US.
Not only has the country seen a series of deadly heatwaves that have killed hundreds of people and might have decimated more than a billion sea creatures, the East Coast is dealing with torrential downpours, flash floods, and a tropical storm that threatens to exacerbate it all even more.
If one thing is clear, it’s this: Climate change is here, and it’s having a direct, outsized impact on our day-to-day lives in profound — and often deadly — ways.
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