Heat dome’s triple-digit temperatures fry US south-west

Source: BBC News [UK state media[

“Firefighters are on standby to submerge heat-stroke victims in ice and some popular hiking trails have closed in Arizona as tens of millions of people across the south-western US swelter in record-breaking, triple-digit temperatures. Two weeks before summer even officially starts, excessive heat warnings were in effect across parts of California, Nevada, Arizona and Texas. … In Arizona, the hottest big city in the US, firefighters have placed at least one heat-stroke victim inside human-sized immersion bags filled with ice cubes to lower the patient’s body temperature on the way to hospital. All Phoenix fire department vehicles are being equipped with the bags. There were 645 heat-related deaths last year in Maricopa County, where Phoenix is located. The city is also opening two overnight cooling stations this week for the first time.” (06/05/24)