The operator of California's electrical grid is calling for voluntary conservation of power due to high temperatures in most of the West, reduced electricity, tight natural gas supplies in the Southern California area and high wildfire risk.
An excessive heat warning was issued for a broad swath of the southwestern USA on Monday with temperatures expected to approach 120 degrees - nearly 49 Celsius - this week in what forecasters say could prove to be the hottest days of the year.
The heat wave that is hitting Olympia and the surrounding region this week isn't projected to break any records - but it will come close.
The San Diego area endured some wilting temperatures Monday- almost 120 degrees in one desert locale - at the outset of an intense summer hot spell that promises even more extreme heat before it's over.
The official Central Texas temperature soared to 114 degrees at around 5 p.m. Monday at Waco Regional Airport, topping the previous all-time high temperature of 112 degrees set on August 11, 1969. Still, it was so hot in Las Cruces on Monday morning that afternoon school bus service was canceled.
A list of "cool zones" for residents to escape the heat can be found here.
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That also beat the record high of 107 for the date.
An extreme heat warning was issued Monday for the Pomona area and is expected through Friday.
News 8's Kerri Lane gives the latest weather update on the high heat and high surf. "They range from someone who just needs to get inside to someone who needs to get urgently to the hospital", he said.
The Los Angeles County of Public Health has issued a heat alert in various areas.
Arizona's monsoons are summer rains that can cause flash flooding and bring heavy winds.