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Thursday 22 February 2018

United States bakes in extreme heat

A boy cools off in the spray of a fountain at the Red Ridge Park kids water park in Las Vegas (AP)
A boy cools off in the spray of a fountain at the Red Ridge Park kids water park in Las Vegas (AP)
A plane is distorted by the heat waves rising up from the north runway at Sky Harbour International Airport in Phoenix (AP)

A man died and another was in hospital in a serious condition as a heatwave blistered parts of the US.

Forecasters said temperatures in Las Vegas shot up to 46C (115F) on Saturday, two degrees short of the city's all-time record.

Phoenix hit 48.3C (119F) by mid-afternoon, breaking the record for June 29 that was set in 1994.

And large areas of California sweltered under extreme heat warnings, which are expected to last into Tuesday night - and maybe even longer.

The forecast for Death Valley in California predicted 53.3C (128F), but it was a few degrees shy of that, according to unofficial reports from the National Weather Service.

Death Valley's record high of 56.6C (134F) set a century ago, stands as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

Las Vegas fire and rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said paramedics responded to a home without air conditioning and found an elderly man dead.

He said while the man had medical issues, paramedics thought the heat worsened his condition.

Paramedics said another elderly man suffered a heat stroke when the air conditioner in his car went out for several hours while he was on a long road trip. He stopped in Las Vegas, called for help and was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

The heat wave has sent more than 40 other people to hospitals in Las Vegas since it arrived on Friday, but no life-threatening injuries were reported.

Press Association

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