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Millions in US under warnings as record heat expected to continue next week

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More than 100 million people, around a third of Americans, were under extreme heat advisories this weekend, with officials warning conditions could get worse in Arizona, California and Nevada and that record-breaking heat was expected to continue into the new week.

The south-west and parts of the west were the hardest hit with a warning to residents on Sunday to “take the heat seriously and avoid time outdoors” by the National Weather Service which said it was “potentially deadly to anyone without effective cooling and/or adequate hydration”.

In Phoenix, Arizona, the forecast for Sunday was for 118F (47.7C) and it was expected to be the city’s 17th consecutive day of 110F (43.3C) or higher. The record was 18 days, in 1974, which the city seems likely to pass on Tuesday.

According to the Maricopa county health department, there have been 12 heat related deaths in the Phoenix area so far in 2023, with 55 other deaths currently under investigation.

“Record heat continues across the region today and through most of this upcoming week,” said National Weather Service Phoenix…

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