Sunset in Los Angeles
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Tens of millions of people in the western United States are preparing for a record heatwave this week.
As the US weather service NWS announced, temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius are expected in some regions.
The heat wave should last at least until the weekend.
It covers an area from California to Wyoming and from the northern state of Idaho to Arizona in the south.
The authorities issued a warning of
for nearly 50 million citizens
The temperatures in the affected region are around ten degrees Celsius above the seasonal average.
In Phoenix, Arizona, temperatures of around 46 degrees Celsius were recorded on Monday.
According to forecasts, around 47.5 degrees Celsius could be reached by the end of the week.
At night the temperatures drop to around 30 degrees Celsius.
In Las Vegas in the neighboring state of Nevada, the previous heat record of 1940 could be reached on Wednesday at around 47 degrees Celsius.
authorities have meanwhile set up
for people without access to air-conditioned rooms.
Due to their reach in online networks, influencers have been asked to educate about the dangers of heat for pets.
The current temperatures are unusual,
dangerous and deadly,
said the authorities.
They fear the heat will also cause life-threatening forest fires, which will be exacerbated by the persistent drought in the region.
About 88 percent of the affected regions, including the entire states of California, Oregon, Utah and Nevada, are in a state of drought, according to surveys by the US government.
Last year, the western United States was particularly hard hit by fires caused by persistent drought caused by climate change.
Dozens of people died, and an area of around 17,000 square kilometers was burned in California alone.
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