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.
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