Death Valley Forecast Calls For Near-Record Heat

PHOENIX (June 29, 2013)—The temperature Saturday in Death Valley in California is expected to rise to 128 degrees, not far off the world-record high of 134 logged there in 1913.

The culprit is a strong high-pressure system settling over the region Friday and through the weekend that will bring extreme temperatures even to the typically blazing Southwest.

Tigers at the Phoenix Zoo are getting frozen fish snacks, temporary cooling stations are opening, and airlines are monitoring the soaring temperatures as the western U.S. falls into the grips of a dangerous heat wave.

Temperatures are expected to soar even as far north as Reno, Nev., across Utah and into parts of Wyoming and Idaho, where forecasters are calling for triple-digit heat in the Boise area through the weekend.

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