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Southwestern heat wave sees temps hit 120 degrees

A blistering heat wave has swept across southwestern United States with temperatures hovering around 120 degrees.

Southern California, Nevada and Arizona have seen record-breaking temperatures and hospitalizations due to the intense heat.

In Tucson, temperatures could hit 116 through Sunday, the the National Weather Service said. In an excessive heat warning, NWS warned that afternoon highs could range from 110-116 in the lower deserts, and from 105-109 at higher elevations. The warning covers western Pima County, including the Tucson metro area.

At a concert in Las Vegas on Friday, 200 people were treated for heat exposure. The Weather Service warned of a "life-threatening heat event" to hit that state this weekend.

Temperatures in Nevada were expected to reach 2005 levels, a heat wave during which 17 people died.

In Phoenix, temperatures reached 116 on Friday - just short of the expected high. The Associated Press reported that the likely reason for the lower temperature was that fumes from wildfires had shielded the sun's rays over the city.

Temperatures in the city are expected to reach 120 over the weekend.

California has also seen high temperatures. Death Valley, which recorded the highest ever temperature in the world - 134 degrees - may reach 130 degrees this weekend.

The extreme heat will also touch parts of Idaho and Wyoming.

The Associated Press reported that the high temperatures could affect flights and zoo animals were being put on watch.

TucsonSentinel.com’s Dylan Smith contributed to this report.


This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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