Here’s how truly ridiculous the heat is

FILE PHOTO: A sign warns of extreme heat as tourists enter Death Valley National Park in California June 29, 2013. The high temperature reached 128 degrees fahrenheit. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File Photo ** Usable by SD ONLY **
(Steve Marcus / Reuters Photo)

The Southwest portion of the United States has been so hot over the past few days that cities in multiple states have broken daily temperature records and gotten painfully close to breaking their all-time records.

San Diego County saw its hottest ever temperature on Tuesday.

It has been brutally hot in many areas thanks to what describes as a “large dome of high pressure” above the region.

“Beneath the dome, sinking air is causing temperatures to soar,” it says.

A terrifying, blazing, bubble of heat slowly descending and roasting us from above? Cool.

Just how hot has it been during the heat wave that began Friday and continued angrily into Tuesday?

Check out all these cities that have broken records. Some cities, like Phoenix, broke their high temperature records two days in a row. And it could happen again this week.

Phoenix, Arizona

Yuma, Arizona

Denver, Colorado

Fresno, California

Reno, Nevada

Palm Springs, California

Laramie, Wyoming

OK, 88 degrees isn’t much compared to 120, but we wanted to throw this one in to show that other parts of the U.S. are struggling too.

Sacramento, California

Midland, Texas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Stockton, California

Pueblo, Colorado

Thermal, California

Corpus Christi, Texas

Needles, California

The National Weather Service (NWS) has heat warnings in effect in many cities and doesn’t plan to drop them until Friday, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Hang in there, friends around the southwest!

Here’s a list of heat safety tips from (NWS) to help you through the tough days ahead: Heat Safety Tips and Resources
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