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An eighth of the US population is sweltering under a record-breaking heat dome. Climate change is making it worse

June 16, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A potentially lethal heat wave is affecting more than 40 million people in the US this week.

(CNN)With upwards of 300 record-high temperatures in jeopardy this week, more than an eighth of the US population -- over 40 million people -- are on alert across the western US for a long-lasting, potentially lethal heat wave.

This heat wave and the exceptional drought in the Southwest are part of a damaging feedback loop enhanced by climate change, experts say.

On Tuesday, Salt Lake City recorded its third consecutive day of triple-digit heat, setting both daily and all-time records along the way.

The city soared to a high of 107 degrees on Tuesday afternoon, tying its all-time record high, previously reached in the month of July.

Amid a historic drought and the lowest water level on record in nearby Lake Mead, the state of Nevada will also be challenging its all-time record high this week, currently held by the town of Laughlin, which reached 125 degrees on June 29, 1994.

On Wednesday afternoon, the city of Las Vegas will be knocking on the doorsteps of history as highs are forecast to reach 116 degrees, just 1 degree shy of the city's all-time record of 117 degrees.

However, with summer officially four days away, high temperatures in Phoenix soared to a record of 115 degrees on Tuesday.

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