A MASSIVE heat wave is hitting parts of the southwest, with temperatures flying into triple digits.
Phoenix, which is seeing some of the highest temperatures this week, tied a record for the second day in a row when it reached 115 degrees (46 Celsius) Wednesday and was expected to hit 117 (47 Celsius) each of the next two days, the National Weather Service said.
A few clouds were holding the temperatures down slightly in the desert region of southwest Arizona and southeast California. But there was no real relief expected from the excessive heat warning in effect until at least Sunday.
Scientists who study drought and climate change say that people living in the American West can expect to see more of the same in the coming years.
Experts are recommending frequent breaks and increased water intake for people who work outside in the heat.
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