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World record heat possible for Death Valley; 118 forecast in Phoenix

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A high pressure system that has parked itself over parts of the west will bring weekend temperatures close to record-breaking levels.

California’s Death Valley has a forecast of 129 for Sunday. That’s not far from the world record for the hottest day of 134 logged in 1913.

The National Weather Service forecast highs of 118 in Phoenix and 117 in Las Vegas on Sunday.

And there’s no relief at night. The low for Las Vegas for Sunday is 92.

So emergency crews there are sending ambulances to stand by near the city’s famed Strip, as well as at outdoor events, to help quickly treat people affected by the heat,

Crews will be dealing with heat exhaustion, but also may have to deal with tourists from paler climes thinking of returning from their desert vacation with a nice, bronze tan, Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Jon Klassen said.

Tigers at the Phoenix Zoo will be fed frozen fish snacks, zoo officials said.

At Lake Mead, near the Arizona-Nevada border, rangers are positioned at trailheads to discourage hikers, reported the Associated Press.

The region is being baked by heat held in place by a high pressure dome that’s blocking cooler air from the Pacific Northwest. That system won’t begin to break up until early next week.

In the eastern U.S., normal and below normal temperatures are forecast for the weekend.

Here at home, the weekend looks to be more pleasant with highs in the 80s and a chance for some storms.

CNN contributed to this report.

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