Labor Day heat wave scorches western US with record temps | USA TODAY

Temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and lower 100s will result in a widespread heat wave expected to exacerbate wildfire and electricity concerns. RELATED: Melting glacier uncovers lost plane wreck, human remains A dangerous and sweltering heat wave will continue to consume much of the western U.S., especially California on Friday through the Labor Day weekend, the National Weather Service said. The intense heat is putting a strain on the electrical grid and exacerbating wildfire concerns, which only grew Friday as a fast-moving fire forced at least 5,000 residents to evacuate in Northern California. Temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s and lower 100s will result in widespread daily records each day for much of the region, the Weather Service said. Notorious hot spot Death Valley could soar as high as 125 degrees on Saturday, AccuWeather said, which would come close to the hottest September temperature ever recorded on Earth of 126 degrees. The hellish location already holds the record for the world's hottest temperature of 134 degrees, set in 1913. » Subscribe to USA TODAY: » Watch more on this and other topics from USA TODAY: » USA TODAY delivers current local and national news, sports, entertainment, finance, technology, and more through award-winning journalism, photos, videos and VR. #heatwaves #heat #california
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