The National Weather Forecast has issued heat advisories for cities and towns across the United States as more than 90 million people are expected to endure dangerously high temperatures, reports Reuters.
In many places in the US Southwest, where hot summers are common, extreme temperatures have been predicted that could break records.
Here are Saturday’s NWS forecasts for some of the southwest’s hottest spots:
Maximum forecast: 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 Celsius)
All-time record: 122 degrees Fahrenheit on June 26, 1990.
The Arizona city has already had temperatures above 110 degrees for 15 consecutive days, and could break the record of 18 days set in 1974 before the current heat wave ends.
Max Forecast: 115 °F (46 °C)
All-time record: 118 degrees Fahrenheit on July 26, 1931. The record may fall on Sunday.
Two weeks ago the desert city set a record for 291 consecutive days below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This broke the previous record of 290 days set in 1964 and 1965.
Max Forecast: 101 °F (38 °C)
All-time record: 113 °F on July 26–27, 1980
According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, extreme heat, strong winds and a lack of rain have increased the fire risk in central and west Texas counties.
Roswell, New Mexico
Maximum forecast: 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41 Celsius)
All-time record: 114 degrees Fahrenheit on June 27, 1994
According to NWS forecasts, Roswell, a well-known center for UFO (unidentified flying objects) sightings, could experience daily temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit for more than three weeks.
Death Valley, California
Max Forecast: 127 degrees Fahrenheit (52 Celsius)
All-time record: 134 degrees Fahrenheit on July 10, 1913
Temperatures in Death Valley, one of the hottest places on Earth during the summer, are expected to soar over the next week, reaching 126 degrees Fahrenheit by Sunday.
This approach has raised concerns about the risk to visitors to Death Valley National Park. Its record of 134 degrees is also the highest global ambient temperature ever recorded.