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More than 80 million Americans were under heat advisories over the weekend as a stalled heat wave scorched much of the US Southwest. Phoenix and Las Vegas matched daily records Saturday at 114 and 109 degrees, respectively, while California’s Death Valley saw temperatures reach 120 degrees.
Coming less than two weeks into meteorological summer, the heat stretched eastward as the weekend proceeded. Most of Texas saw triple digits, with large parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and more under heat advisories.
The jet stream is expected to lift northward throughout the week, bringing high temperatures to much of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Some forecasts suggest Chicago will hit triple digits for the first time in a decade.
One enterprising Arizona man has used the heat to cook various dinners inside his parked car. (w/video)