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Heat wave hits western U.S.

on June 30, 2013 2:30 AM

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Scorching heat blistered the Southwest on Saturday, where highs between 115 and 120 degrees were expected for parts of Arizona, Nevada and California through the weekend.

Forecasters said temperatures in sunbaked Las Vegas could match the record of 117 degrees Saturday. Phoenix hit 119 degrees by mid-afternoon, breaking the record for June 29 that was set in 1994.

And large swaths of California sweltered under extreme heat warnings, which are expected to last into Tuesday night — and maybe even longer.

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