Connect to share and comment

Heat wave in southwestern United States sees temperatures hit 120 degrees

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

southwest heatwaveEnlarge
Tourists are slihouted against the distroted Hollywood sign from rising heat waves during a major heat wave in Southern California on June 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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

More from GlobalPost: Murder conviction against US Marine Lawrence Hutchins overturned on appeal

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.

More from GlobalPost: 7 graphs that prove America is overrated

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130629/heat-wave-southwestern-united-states-sees-temper