Southwest bakes in 115 to 120-degree heat

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Emergency officials say they expect to get busier today and tomorrow as a scorching heat wave lingers in the West.

Authorities say one man was found dead in his un-air conditioned home and more than 40 people were hospitalized yesterday for heat-related symptoms.

It was 122 degrees yesterday in Palm Springs, Calif., 119 in Phoenix and 115 in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas fire and rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski says "People's bodies will be more agitated the longer the event lasts and people may require medical assistance."

Cooling stations were set up to shelter the homeless and elderly people without air conditioning.

Officials said personnel were added to the Border Patrol's search-and-rescue unit because of the danger. At least seven people have been found dead in the Arizona desert in the last week.

Temperatures are also expected to soar across Utah and into Wyoming and Idaho.


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