On a crisp September afternoon, a group of 12 children sat on the porch, chatting away with their parents.
It was a cozy little place for the kids to get to know one another and make friends, but it wasn’t exactly the kind of home they’d expect to spend most of their time at.
The kids were home from school.
They’d come to visit.
They were just a few miles from the desert.
But just over two hours later, they would be in the same place.
A scorching sun, accompanied by scorching heat and a record high humidity were pushing the area into a heatwave that has devastated parts of Arizona, Colorado and Utah.
The Arizona heatwave is the hottest on record, with temperatures reaching 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) in some places.
For the next few days, temperatures will hit 110 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
In Utah, the National Weather Service expects the state to experience up to six to eight consecutive days with temperatures of 110 degrees or above.
The state’s capital, Salt Lake City, is expected to reach 109 degrees Friday night and 110 degrees Sunday.
This is the first time since 1950 that the U.S. has recorded more than one record high temperature for a single day.
More than 3,000 people have died as a result of the heat wave, which is now considered the fourth-deadliest on record.
Temperatures in the Arizona city of Tucson are forecast to hit the 100s Fahrenheit for the next couple of days, according to the National Park Service.
The high temperatures will continue to be a challenge for people as they drive through the desert and drive to work.
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