Extreme heat sizzles across the US Southwest

  • People cool down on the South Yuba River, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in California’s Nevada County. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)

  • A family rinses and cools off under an outdoor shower at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 24, 2108. Scorching heat radiated across the U.S. Southwest on Tuesday, with the highest temperatures expected in California’s Death Valley during a week that forecasters say could prove to be the region’s hottest this year. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

  • Tourists eat ice cream to cool off along the Venice Beach strand in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 24, 2108. Scorching heat radiated across the U.S. Southwest on Tuesday, with the highest temperatures expected in California’s Death Valley during a week that forecasters say could prove to be the region’s hottest this year. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

PHOENIX — Extreme heat sizzled across the U.S. Southwest again on Wednesday after ramping up electricity use so much in the Phoenix area that a major utility broke a record.

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