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Heat advisories issued as record-challenging warmth builds across Southwest

A four-alarm warehouse fire broke out early Saturday morning, May 23, on Pier 45 in San Francisco, California.

A recent pattern change has allowed stifling heat to build gradually across the southwestern United States. As the week continues, meteorologists caution that the heat will further intensify over the region, which will allow numerous daily records from Sacramento to Phoenix to be challenged.

Temperatures began to climb on Sunday with some locations in the Sacramento Valley of California reaching 10 degrees Fahrenheit above normal.

In anticipation of the hot weather, which could result in widespread triple-digit temperature readings, numerous heat advisories, excessive heat watches and excessive heat warnings were in effect as of Monday from California t

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