NEW: June is the hottest month on record for Las Vegas and Death Valley
NEW: Five people are treated for heat-related illnesses at Lake Mead
NEW: High temperatures are making things worse for firefighters
Excessive heat warnings will last through Independence Day in some areas
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The Southwest heat wave made June the hottest month on record for Las Vegas, Death Valley, and Needles, California, the National Weather Service said Monday, which added that the high temperatures are not over yet.
Forecasters extended the excessive heat warning in place for much of California, Nevada, and parts of Arizona through 11 p.m. on Independence Day, warning of “dangerously hot temperatures.”
Monday saw new record temperatures across the region. Death Valley hit 127 degrees, breaking the old record for the day by two degrees, said Chris Stachelski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas.
Barstow, California, set a new daily record of 114, as did Bishop, California, where it reached 109.
The hottest temperatures Monday were near Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County, Stachelski said. Moapa, Nevada, just northeast of Vegas, reached a high of 120.
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