The Western United States continued to bake on Monday, with cities and entire counties across Central California and parts of Utah under excessive heat warnings and advisories, expected to reach at least 100 degrees and up to 114 degrees in some areas.
The hot spots included Fresno and Bakersfield, in the San Joaquin Valley of California, as well as Zion National Park in Utah.
California’s Death Valley was not expected to match the record-matching 130 degrees it hit on Friday, but residents and visitors will not exactly be cooling off: The temperature was forecast to reach 126 degrees on Monday and 125 degrees on Tuesday.
Intense temperatures like those experienced in recent days have led to an increase in heat-related deaths. An estimated 200 people, most of them homeless, sick or older, died this month in a heat wave that gripped Oregon and Washington State — one that scientists say would have been virtually impossible without climate change.
The National Weather Service warned residents of the hottest areas on Monday to beware of throbbing headaches, nausea and lost consciousness from heatstroke or exhaustion.
“Heat-related illness can sneak up on you,” the service tweeted. “Know the signs.”