Triple-digit temperatures baked Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico as a blistering heat wave engulfed the Southwestern United States this week.
Roads and train-tracks buckled due to extreme heat in Colorado. Meanwhile in Arizona, where temperatures reached 116 degrees, setting a record-high for the area, 12 News was able to cook a pizza inside a car.
However, the heat wave has had far worse consequences.
The record-setting heat wave was responsible for fueling more than 20 wildfires in eight western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. In Los Angeles alone, two blazes burnt more than 5,000 acres.
The weather has, however, particularly been deadly for Arizona, where five people, two in Phoenix and three near Tucson, were killed past weekend in heat-related incidents.
Experts say the current heat wave is being exacerbated by the because of the effects of global warming.
The record-setting heat "an example of just the sort of extreme heat that is on the increase due to human-caused climate change,” Michael Mann, a leading climate scientist and professor of meteorology at Penn State University told the Huffington Post.
"The likelihood of record heat has already doubled in the US due to human-caused warming and that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg,” he added.
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