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A heatwave in the south of the US is melting cacti, wheelie bins and the paint off of street signs

Monday - 26/06/2017 08:51
ARIZONA has reached a scorching 48C, killing cacti, melting bins and forcing people to wear oven mittens while driving.
A plastic mailbox melts in Mesa, Arizona. Picture: Reddit/imnoidiot5
A plastic mailbox melts in Mesa, Arizona. Picture: Reddit/imnoidiot5

Britain struggled through temperatures topping 30C this week, as the mercury reached higher than Mediterranean holiday hot spots like Crete and Sicily, The Sunreports.

But a heatwave across the South West of the US has put the UK’s heatwave to shame.

The heat in Phoenix, Arizona at 7pm.
The heat in Phoenix, Arizona at 7pm.Source:Supplied

Temperatures reached highs of 48C in Phoenix, Arizona, and people took to social media to post images illustrating the intensity of the heat.

One snap shows a cactus bending over to one side, seemingly wilting under the sizzling desert sun.

Another shows a mailbox bent over all the way to the ground, while a third shows rubbish bursting from the side of a wheelie bin which has partially turned to liquid.

A plastic mailbox melts in Mesa, Arizona. Picture: Reddit/imnoidiot5
A plastic mailbox melts in Mesa, Arizona. Picture: Reddit/imnoidiot5Source:Supplied

 

Other images claim to show people frying eggs and baking cookies in their cars.

One Twitter user shared a photo of himself driving with oven gloves to hold the steering wheel.


The main burn centre in Phoenix has seen its emergency department visits double, including people burning their bare feet on the scalding pavement.
Kevin Foster, director of the Arizona Burn Centre, said this June is the worst the facility has seen in 18 years.

Most patients arrive with contact burns from touching hot car interiors or walking outside without shoes.

Dr Foster said one child received contact burns after crawling through a dog door onto the hot pavement.

The burns are among several hazards resulting from a heatwave that has plagued Arizona, Nevada and California, including deaths, increased wildfire risks and a water shortage in one community.

Nevada, which is home to Las Vegas, has had at least four confirmed heat deaths since last Saturday.

California has seen at least two heat deaths, and officials throughout the state are investigating four others.

Two California firefighters were treated for heat-related injuries they received while battling a blaze in the San Bernardino Mountains near Los Angeles.

Arizona has yet to report any heat-related deaths, although Maricopa County, the most populated, had 130 heat deaths last year — a 15-year high.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in the Arizona community of Cordes Lake after its water supply dwindled amid increased consumption during the hot weather.

Officials are asking people to reduce their use, trucking in supplies from nearby Prescott Valley and cutting off water from 11pm to 3am.

Fire officials in Arizona said the extreme heat could cause more fires to pick up. Firefighters are battling at least 15 wildfires, including one that forced an evacuation and damaged at least six buildings in a town south of Tucson known for its wineries.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished here with permission.

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