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Heat wave could bring 120-degree temperatures to US West

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(Read caption) Betty Lu Guapo, 4, cools off in the heat at the Los Angeles Fountain Thursday. California is preparing for a scorching weekend that could see temperatures hit 120 degrees in the deserts as a massive heat wave rolls through the West.

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From southern Arizona up into Idaho, the US West is in the midst of an extreme heat wave expected to last into next week.

“An atmospheric blast furnace will be at full throttle heading into the weekend over the interior West with heat reaching dangerous levels, challenging records and elevating the wildfire threat,” warns Alex Sosnowski, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather. “In some cities, record highs for any date throughout the year could be equaled or breached.”

Chris Dolce of the Weather Channel agrees: “Temperatures will soar well into the 110s and even 120s in the days ahead. One location could even approach 130 degrees!”

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