descending on California and other parts of the western U.S. is expected to shatter temperature records, strain the power grid and . On Friday, temperatures were already across much of the region, and weather officials said people should prepare for it to get even hotter over the weekend. The weather will rival the heat waves that boiled and just a few weeks ago, the latter of which killed . Numerous daily high-temperature , particularly in California and Nevada. Highs could approach 115-120 degrees for the lower elevations of Arizona and eastern California this weekend!” the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center warned in its .
California’s Death Valley may reach a sizzlingon Sunday. That’s dangerously on Earth: 134 degrees in that same valley in 1913. Meanwhile, Las Vegas might topple its all-time record of 117 degrees this weekend. Nearly the entire state of California is under an Excessive Heat Warning, the NWS’s most severe temperature category. That means there’s a “very high risk” of dangerous heat impacts for everybody in that area, “with little to no relief overnight.” Large swaths of Nevada and Utah and Arizona, Idaho, and Oregon are under the same heat warning.
California’s power grid manager, the California Independent System Operator, urges residents toon Friday. From 4 p.m. through 9 p.m., people are .
Experts advise takingwhen temperatures soar this high. People can protect themselves by wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing; by when outside; drinking plenty of water to minimize dehydration risks; and seeking medical help when people show signs of heatstroke ― a deadly response to heat that presents with high body temperature, a firm or racing pulse, hot and dry skin, excessive sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, confusion, and loss of consciousness.