A historical heat wave is in full swing across the West with temperatures having already broken records over the past few days.
The heat began to turn up on Friday as temperatures climbed into the 100s as far north as Oregon and Idaho. This allowed record highs to be broken from Washington to New Mexico with the worst of the heat focused in the interior Southwest.
This heat continued to swell over the weekend as the recod-challenging heat continued to sizzle the region.
With a strong high over the West, temperatures well above normal will persist into the first few days of July before beginning to ease during the second half of the week.
Not only will daily records continue to be challenged during this heat wave, but some spots might make a run towards breaking their all-time record highs.
Las Vegas tied their all-time record high on Sunday, climbing to a scorching 117 degrees.
One spot that will be watched closely is Death Valley, Calif., where temperatures make a final run towards the all-time world record.
Death Valley reached 128 on both Saturday and Sunday, tying the all-time record for June two days in a row.
A few cities that will come close to either tying or breaking their all-time high temperature through Tuesday include Fresno, Calif., Palm Springs, Calif., Las Vegas, Nev. and Flagstaff, Ariz.
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Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Lada, and photo courtesy of Photos.com.
A 10-month-old girl died after being left in a hot car in Kansas Thursday night, according to the Associated Press, as high heat gripped the area.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are monitoring an area of thunderstorms near Palau for potential tropical development.
Stormy weather will be the theme for the weekend across the Midwest and Ohio Valley with several chances for severe thunderstorms.
A thick, massive band of mayflies traveling along the Mississippi River created a swarm so intense it became visible on National Weather Service radars on July 20, 2014.
Minneapolis will see a significant shift in temperatures this weekend.
As thousands flock to Los Angeles for the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing this weekend, the weather will cooperate with plenty of sunshine and slightly higher-than-average temperatures.
Manchester, KY (1992)
A state trooper was stranded in his patrol car after it was submerged by flood waters.
Alexandria, NE (1992)
8.0" of rain with severe flooding.
Sandusky, OH (1995)
3.22" of rain in less than 2 hours. Many roads were flooded.