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Friday, June 28, 2013

Dangerous Temperatures In The Southwest

Elvis impersonator Cristian Morales wipes sweat from his brow while standing out on The Strip posing for photos with tourists, Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Elvis impersonator Cristian Morales wipes sweat from his brow while standing out on The Strip posing for photos with tourists, Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Temperatures in the Southwest are becoming dangerously high. Death Valley, California, could break the world record as the hottest place on Earth for the second time in 100 years.

Forecasters say the temperatures could approach 134 degrees — that’s the 1913 Death Valley record.

In these kinds of temperatures, people are advised to stay inside.

“You know how they say you can fry an egg on the ground? Well you can do that. Plus it will bake a little bit further. Just imagine putting yourself in an oven, and you’re going outside and you walked into an oven. That’s how hot it is,” said Ann Thompson, who works at the Shoshone Post Office, just south of Death Valley.

Thompson told Here & Now that most people try to stay inside, because it’s hot enough outside that people can become sick.

“They tell people to stay inside,” she said, noting that the news media is also telling people to keep their pets inside. “Or if not, keep them in the shade with a lot of water.”

The heat could cause problems for aircraft. High temperatures can interfere with take-off.


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