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June 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Emily Foxhall
Temperatures continued to climb across Southern California on Friday as a heat wave expected to last into next week settled over the region. “By this weekend, it'll cover most of the Western United States,” National Weather Service specialist Stuart Seto said. By 2 p.m. the heat was at near-record levels for several cities in the Antelope Valley and in California deserts. It was 104 degrees in Lancaster, 103 in Acton, 102 in Palmdale and 94 in Burbank. The mercury hit 115 at Palm Springs International Airport and 114 in Death Valley, which isn't at its hottest until 4 or 5 p.m., Seto said.
June 29, 2013 | By Ahn Do
More records broke Saturday as a heat wave kept its grips on California and the West. According to the National Weather Service, several desert and Inland Empire communities set new records for this day of the year, including Palm Springs (122 degrees), Indio (121) and Riverside (105). Other record highs for the date were recorded in Lancaster (111), Paso Robles (111), Idyllwild (98) and Camarillo (89), according to the NWS. The hottest places were in desert areas. Needles set a new record of 120 degrees, according to Accuweather.
June 30, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun and Matt Stevens
FURNACE CREEK, Calif.  -- The National Weather Service forecast for Death Valley National Park on Sunday is a scorcher, with the mercury expected to soar to around 130 degrees for the first time in nearly a century. “It hasn't been that hot in Death Valley - or anywhere else in the United States - since July 13, 1913,” said Chris Stachelksi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Las Vegas office, which tracks the park's weather. Saturday's high temperature of 128 at Furnace Creek, in the heart of Death Valley, tied the record for the month of June.
July 22, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Baltimore — How hot was it Friday in Baltimore? It was so hot you could have steamed crabs without water. In fact the National Weather Service said it's never been hotter, with the midafternoon temperature of 107 degrees downtown matching a record set in 1936. And with the humidity at 48%, the heat index — a measurement that factors in the temperature and humidity — was 120 degrees. "It is what it is. There's nothing you can change," said T.J. Harrington , the Angels' strength and conditioning coach.
July 29, 2010 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
As peat fires raged on the outskirts of town, shrouding Moscow in a thick cloud of smog, residents Wednesday sought to cope with a record-breaking heat wave that is expected to intensify further. Public health officials urged workers in non-essential jobs to stay home and people not to drive their cars as weather forecasters predicted temperatures exceeding 102 degrees Thursday, in a city more used to icy spells than such heat. With more than 1,480 fires in two weeks, the smog level had soared to as high as 10 times the safe level in parts of Moscow.
June 11, 1991 | Reuters
A searing heat wave in Pakistan's southern Sind province killed at least 200 people over the weekend, raising the toll to more than 300.
July 24, 1987 | From Reuters
At least five people have died and thousands have asked for medical help in Yugoslavia due to a heat wave, with temperatures in some parts of the country soaring to 104 degrees.
June 30, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
FURNACE CREEK--Blame it on dueling thermometers. The National Weather Service thermometer recorded a peak temperature at 4 p.m. Sunday of 128 degrees in Death Valley National Park, which ties the record for the hottest June day anywhere in the U.S. The National Park Service thermometer - 200 yards away - recorded a temperature of 129.9, which shatters the record for June. But the National Weather Service has the final say, and its official electronic readings will not be available until 8 a.m. Monday.  “There's only one thermometer that counts,” said Charlie Callagan, the park's wilderness coordinator and former head of its weather station.
July 12, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
As a heat wave sweeps eastward through much of the United States, residents of the affected cities are bracing for the worst. A few words of advice: Protect your young, your elderly and your residents of bad shopping areas. It's true. People who live in areas without "inviting" businesses are more at risk of dying. A 2006 study published in the American Sociological Review looked at the 1995 heat wave in Chicago and found that mortality rates were higher in areas where businesses were not well tended and leaned toward the bar-and-liquor-store variety.
April 1, 1986 | From United Press International
A massive wave of cold air and rainstorms swept across the country's midsection today, chasing away a weeklong heat wave that still warmed most of the East Coast with sunny skies and balmy weather in the 70s. The cold front stretched from the Great Lakes across the Midwest to west Texas and triggered showers and thundershowers from Oklahoma to northern Wisconsin.
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