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Record-Breaking Heat Wave Sweeps Across U.S. West Coast, Prompting Evacuations and Increasing Wildfire Risks



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A relentless heat wave is forecasted to set new records along the U.S. West Coast as millions of Americans grapple with scorching temperatures trapped under a massive heat dome lingering over states like California, Arizona, and Nevada. The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings covering about 36 million people, signaling the severity of the situation.

Areas such as Washington state, Oregon, California, northern Arizona, and central Idaho are bracing for high temperatures that are expected to match or surpass daily records. Notably, Death Valley National Park, straddling the California-Nevada border, is projected to experience temperatures nearing 130 degrees Fahrenheit, following a weekend where the mercury hit 128 degrees Fahrenheit, shattering a 17-year record.

In Southern California, the situation escalates as residents in parts of Santa Barbara County were ordered to evacuate due to the advancing Lake Fire, scorching over 13,000 acres since its outbreak on Friday. The fire remains uncontained at 0%, with authorities actively investigating its cause amidst the extreme heat conditions exacerbating wildfire risks.

The heatwave’s impact is being felt across the region, with cities like Las Vegas hitting 115 degrees Fahrenheit – tying a record set in 2007. Similarly, Redding in northern California reached an all-time high of 119 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, showcasing temperatures running up to 20 degrees above normal for this time of the year.

A call for urgent climate action reverberates as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasizes the devastating effects of fossil fuel-driven climate change, linking it to the series of extreme weather events worldwide. Reports from the Copernicus Climate Change Service reveal that each of the past 12 months has ranked as the warmest on record globally, highlighting the urgent need to address greenhouse gas emissions.

Last week, U.S. President Joe Biden‘s administration unveiled a comprehensive strategy aimed at safeguarding workers and communities from the impacts of extreme heat, underscoring the importance of preparedness and resilience in mitigating the effects of climate change.

Rachel Adams

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