Axios's Andrew Freedman is reporting that an intense and expanding heat wave has led to heat alerts being issued for 115 million people in 15 states in the United States.
The heat wave is breaking longstanding records and poses significant health risks. The Southwest will be most affected, with Texas coming off its hottest June on record.
Cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas are likely to break temperature records, with Phoenix potentially reaching 120°F. Death Valley, California, known for its extreme heat, may see temperatures of 129-132°F, which could set a new record for the highest reliably recorded temperature on Earth.
The heat wave is attributed to a heat dome, and its intensity is exacerbated by climate change. Heat waves are a major cause of weather-related deaths, and they are becoming more severe and longer-lasting due to climate change.
(This article was written by ChatGPT)