Deadly Western Heat Eases After Two Days of Broken Records

  • State grid operator asks residents to conserve electicity
  • National Weather Service says the heat is ‘life threatening’

A home builder works at sunrise on Monday, June 20, in Gilbert, Arizona, in an effort to beat the rising temperatures.

Photographer: Matt York/AP Photo

Residents of Southern California and the Southwest were looking for a break after some of the hottest weather in decades had utilities warning of power failures and cities opening pools and cooling centers.

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