Blistering heatwave continues in Southwest, 1 dead

The heat wave hitting the west has claimed the life of a man in Las Vegas, where the mercury soared to 120 degrees Saturday.

Paramedics found the man dead in his home, which did not have air conditioning, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

He died of cardiac arrest and the heat may have contributed to his death, although the coroner will make the final determination, Szymanski said.

Paramedics also responded to two “very serious heat related medical calls” on Saturday, even though the victims had air conditioning in the home or car, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue said.

In California’s Death Valley, it could reach 129 degrees today. That would break the local record for the hottest June temperature by one degree.

And, it’s just a few degrees shy of the world record. The hottest recorded temperature on earth was 134 degrees, recorded in Death Valley one hundred years ago.

In Palm Springs, some planes can’t fly because the temperatures are too hot for taking off.

Officials said heat thins the air, making it difficult for planes to get off the ground.

The heat is not expected to break until Monday or Tuesday.

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