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Life-threatening triple-digit heat to bake millions across West this week

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LAS VEGAS – Meteorological summer has just started, and already millions of people across the West are preparing for potentially life-threatening heat-related illnesses due to a change in the weather pattern that will result in triple-digit temperatures during the region’s first summer heat wave.Computer forecast models are showing building ridges of high pressure from the Pacific Ocean and Mexico that will help to crank up the heat during the upcoming workweek.A similar pattern has already caused record-breaking temperatures south of the border, with dozens of people and animals in Mexico reported to have been killed over the past month.The FOX Forecast Center said that while it will still be extremely hot in the western U.S., it won’t be as extreme as what has been seen recently in Mexico.HOW TO WATCH FOX WEATHERBy midweek, temperatures in Phoenix and Las Vegas could exceed 111 degrees, while Death Valley in California could see a high temperature of 118 degrees on Thursday.Sacramento in California will also likely get above 100 degrees this week, with a forecast high temperature on Tuesday of 102 degrees, followed by 105 degrees on Wednesday.These temperatures constitute readings that will be 10-20 degrees above average for much of inland California and the Desert Southwest.DOWNLOAD THE FREE FOX WEATHER APPWith the potentially dangerous heat expected to build, the National Weather Service has placed millions of people in three states, including the Las Vegas metro area, under a heat alert.The earliest calendar date Sin City has reached 110 degrees is June 6, meaning the heat wave could help tie, if not break, the record.Computer forecast models show the worst of the heat wave will happen on Wednesday and Thursday but could linger into Friday and the upcoming weekend.HOW THE WEATHER YOU’RE ACCUSTOMED TO AFFECTS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEAT WARNINGS, ADVISORIESNational Weather Service meteorologists warn of heat-related illnesses for those who are not drinking plenty of fluids and do not have access to air conditioning.Additionally, overnight lows will not drop into a comfortable range, which will impose an additional burden on people and pets hoping to cool off after sunset.In many of the areas where daily records could be tied or broken, the National Weather Service’s HeatRisk map has labeled communities at a Level 3 or 4 out of 4 for impacts.The HeatRisk threat level takes into consideration the unusual nature of the heat, the duration of the extreme temperatures and potential health impacts.WHEN SECONDS MATTER: CHILDREN EXPERIENCE HEATSTROKE SYMPTOMS WITHIN MINUTES OF BEING IN A HOT CARAt a code red (Level 3) stage, heat affects anyone who is not adequately hydrated or those without access to cooling. This is a stage below a code magenta (Level 4).A Level 4 signifies extreme heat that is either rare or long in duration. Health systems can be impacted by an influx of patients with heat-related illnesses. Parts of the Las Vegas metro are in the extreme, Level 4 out of 4, risk zone on Thursday and Friday.

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