Headlines have blared nationwide about this past weekend’s extremely high temps in the Americans southwest. A dominant theme has been government predictions that temps in Phoenix, Yuma, Palm Springs and Death Valley will approach or set all-time records. (This, of course, would mean that the all-time high temp records for the United States were predicted to fall.)
But thus far, actual temperatures have been merely abnormally high. Very few records have been broken or even threatened.
As Tony Heller writes, “June temperatures over 117F used to occur quite frequently in that area, but this was the first one in many years.” See here.