Extreme Heatwave Threatens 130 Million People in US

130 million people in the United States are currently affected by an extreme heat wave that has been running on for five days now.

The government has issued multiple heat advisories on a consistent basis as the temperatures across the country remained fixed on triple digits.

The dangerous and historic heatwave is expected to persist for ten days more, according to the Climate Shift Index. 

Heatwaves Are Focused on Western States

The National Weather Service has issued extreme heat advisories for nearly 133 million people, primarily in western states, where temperatures are 15F to 30F higher than average.

On Friday, Oregon saw record-breaking temperatures in several cities.

Medford reached 109F, shattering the previous high of 102F set in 1926. Las Vegas also faced extreme heat, with temperatures hitting 100F by 10:30 am. 

Death Valley Record Heat Since 1913

In California’s Death Valley, one of the hottest places on Earth, temperatures reached 127F on Friday.

The hottest temperature ever officially recorded on Earth was 134F in Death Valley in July 1913.

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