Alarming Weather Is Headed Towards the United States

June 4th 2016

Danielle DeCourcey

This weekend's weather could be extremely dangerous for millions of people in the western United States. The National Weather Service issued heat warnings and advisories for regions stretching from Oregon to Southern California and covering parts of Nevada and Arizona.

This map by The Weather Channel shows which areas will be super hot this weekend.

Current Heat Alerts

Major cities like Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Tucson are included in the danger zone. Las Vegas, for example, is expected to see temperatures as high as 109, Phoenix 115 and the aptly named Death Valley, California will see temperatures reaching 121 by the end of Saturday, according to ABC News.

 Weather Hazards and Data Viewer

Weather and Hazards Data Viewer

Weather Channel Meteorologist Danielle Banks noted these high temperatures are hitting much sooner than normal.

"Phoenix usually sees its first 110 degree weather day in mid-June so we are well ahead of schedule," Banks said.

Excessive heat like this can be very dangerous. "Untreated heat illness can lead to fatal heat stroke," according to a warning written by National Weather Service in Phoenix.

Headache, thirst, and muscle cramps, are all early signs of heat-related illness. Skin that is cool to the touch, weakness, and heart palpitations are very serious signs and demand immediate medical attention.

People on Twitter are struggling through the heat wave.

One person on Twitter called out climate change as a possible cause for this intense heat wave.

However Clay Morgan from the National Weather Service told ABC News that it's probably too early to see any trends. "It's a brief transitory high-pressure ridge building from the west and has little or nothing to do with the next 90 days," said.

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