Deadly heat wave hits US West Coast

A record-breaking heatwave that has already sparked devastating wildfires in western US states is expected to continue into next week.

About 130 million people were under some form of heat watch or advisory on Saturday. At least one child in Arizona has already died from the heat, and about 57 million people remain under heat warnings.

Meteorologists have warned that warm nights will cause people to suffer from heatstroke, with temperatures in Death Valley potentially reaching 128 degrees Fahrenheit (53 degrees Celsius) on Monday.

While it’s difficult to link individual heat waves to climate change, scientists say they are becoming more common. And that’s why it’s intense.


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