Heat wave pushes Western US near record temperatures
Western USA staggers under near-record temps
Phoenix, which reached 116 on Friday, was forecast to hit nearly 120 -- only two degrees short of a record.Temperatures are also expected to soar across Utah and into Wyoming and Idaho, with triple-digit heat forecast for the Boise area. Cities in Washington state that are better known for cool, rainy weather should break the 90s next week."This is the hottest time of the year, but the temperatures that we'll be looking at for Friday through Sunday, they'll be toward the top," said weather service meteorologist Mark O'Malley. "It's going to be baking hot across much of the entire West."If Death Valley reaches 128 degrees, it would be just shy of the 134-degree mark set a century ago as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.