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First 120-Degree Day of 2013 on the Way?

June 5, 2013

As high-pressure aloft builds overhead late this week, the Desert Southwest and the central valley of California will be heating up to extreme levels. We have a look at some of the locations that will see their first 110 or 120-degree readings of 2013 in the days ahead.

Potential for 120-Degree Heat in Death Valley

When it comes to extreme heat, Death Valley, Calif. is king and holds the official title as the hottest place on Earth with an all-time record high of 134 degrees nearly 100 years ago.

As we head towards Friday and Saturday of the week ahead, the mercury in the thermometer is forecast to make its annual rise into the 120s for the first time this year.

Highs in the 120s are not unusual in Death Valley. In fact, only one single year since 1911 has not seen at least a single day of 120-degree heat. The average annual number of days in the 120s is 18 based on averages from 1981-2010.

(FORECAST: Death Valley)

Background

Highs Saturday

Highs Saturday

Death Valley isn't the only location that could see a temperature "first" of 2013 this week.

Who Will See 110s?

Several cities will flirt with temperature readings of 110+ degrees later in the week ahead.

Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Could reach 110 or higher Thursday, Friday or Saturday for the first time in 2013.
  • Phoenix averages around 18 days of 110-degree heat each year (1981-2010 average).

Las Vegas, Nev.

  • Will get close to 110 degrees Friday into Saturday.
  • On average, temperatures reach 110 or higher around 7 to 8 days per year.

Fresno, Calif. and Redding, Calif

  • Both of these California valley locations could approach the 110-degree mark on Saturday. Though Saturday will be the peak of the heat, highs in the 100s are expected in the days prior to the weekend.
  • Record high temperatures will be challenged.

If you live near the areas highlighted above, be sure to take precautions. You can find heat safety tips at the link below.

PHOTOS: Death Valley, Calif.

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Badwater Basin in California's Death Valley is pictured in November 2006. At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America. Two to four thousand years ago, the basin was the site of a 30-foot lake that later evaporated, leaving a 1- to 5-foot layer of salt in its wake. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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