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Record Temperatures Hit West Coast

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- The West Coast is preparing for what could be another three days of record temperatures, as Saturday’s heat has created dangerous conditions from California to Texas.

According to ABC Meteorologist Ginger Zee, Saturday saw record temperatures across the region. The temperature in Needles, Calif. reached 123 degrees, the highest ever in June. Sacramento, Calif. made it up to 107 degrees, San Antonio, Texas hit 108 and it was 119 in Phoenix. Salt Lake City has already seen four days of temperatures near 105 degrees.

That heat is expected to continue over the next few days. Las Vegas is expecting an all-time high of 117 degrees while Death Valley, Calif. will look to live up to its name with a scorching 129 degree temperature.

This heat is dangerous. One person is dead in Las Vegas, and dozen more have been hospitalized for heat-related illness. A woman in San Diego had to be air rescued after the heat made her sick while on a hike. Volunteers in Houston are bringing the homeless water and ice.

 Residents are advised to stay out of the sun and keep hydrated


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Weather May Aid Crews Fighting California Wildfires

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Wildfires raging through Southern California have tripled in size to 28,000 acres as firefighters work to bring the blazes threatening nearly 4,000 homes under control.

More than 2,000 firefighters and structure protection crews from across the region worked tirelessly to protect buildings, including a naval training facility, from the raging fires in Camarillo, Calif.

Even residents have joined in to quell the early season flames. Eighteen year-old Brittany Smolarski used a bottle of water and her riding boots to stomp out a sudden spot fire while helping to evacuate horses.

"I've never been that close to a fire," Smolarski told Good Morning America. "That smoke is pretty deadly. I'm trying to protect everything that I can. I don't want my barn to burn up."

With red-flag warnings lifted on Friday, weather conditions may be turning in favor of the firefighters, reports the Los Angeles Times. The weekend's weather is expected to be cooler and more humid. Inland areas could temperature drops of 15 to 20 degrees along with potential rain showers that would aid efforts to control the flames.

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Winter Weather Blasts the Nation

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Record-breaking winter weather Thursday struck millions of Americans across the nation's midsection. 

In Texas, a possible tornado damaged about 25 homes and left a 74-year-old woman dead after a tree fell onto a mobile home, according to Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox.

Highways were closed from Nebraska through Missouri and Kansas as the storm rolled through, bringing up to more than a foot of snow in some places. 

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Winter Blast Could Impact States Across the Country

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Winter storm warnings are in effect for states across the country, with the latest storm bringing heavy snow to the north and sleet to the south. Weather advisories are warning affected states of possible snow, thunderstorms and tornados.

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Couple Says Icy ‘I Do’s’ Outside in Freezing Minnesota Weather

Dean Madson Photography(DAYTON, Minn.) -- One couple from Dayton, Minn., shivered their way through their “I Do’s” on New Year's Day.

Nikki Hering, 28, and Ryan Hoffman, 26, tied the knot at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club on Jan. 1, but do not be mistaken. They did not take their vows inside the lovely, warm lodge, but rather, outside.  Hering chose to walk down the aisle in 10-degree weather.

“We both really love winter and we wanted to stick to the first of the year, since we started dating on the first and he proposed on the first,” Hering told ABC News. “We wanted to be a little different.”

And different they were, as they added special touches to embrace the freezing Minnesota temperature on the big day.

“The outdoor area just really has a neat backdrop and overlook and it was the perfect setting for it,” said Hering. “We gave them [guests] blankets to wrap up, and provided hot coffee and cider for them to hopefully warm up. It was short and sweet so they weren’t miserable for too long.”

Hering herself wore special winter duds to deal with the frigid weather.

“I had the fur stole wrapped around the top half of my dress, and had some fingerless gloves. Otherwise, I got boots to wear under my dress that you couldn’t see, and wore them with my lucky hunting socks,” she said.

When the couple began telling their guests of their plans to wed outside in January, they ran into a fair share of skepticism.

“They didn’t quite believe us,” Hering said. “Everybody asked, ‘Really, are you sure?’ We told them it’d be short so they wouldn’t have to wait too long. The grandmas and the young kids in the family watched from a window inside.”

The morning of the wedding, the newlyweds estimate it was about 10 degrees below, but by the time the actual ceremony began at 3 p.m., they say it had warmed up to a comfortable 10 or 11 degrees.

“It was somehow magically snowing right when the ceremony started. It was a super-light, perfect snow,” said Hering.

The guests were greeted by two, large fireplaces inside the reception area as soon as they came inside from the snowy ceremony.

And as for the hardy couple — they’re now on a mini-honeymoon, ice fishing up north in Aitkin, Minn.

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Extreme Temperatures Send Rescuers to Hikers in Hollywood Hills

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Paramedics were called to meet a young group of hikers in southern California due to illness from extreme heat exposure.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department said the hike was not the best idea with temperatures in the Santa Monica Mountains soaring up to 103 degrees.

"But it apparently didn't deter a group of approximately 40 youths with a counselor who decided to go on a hike in the rugged Santa Monica Mountains not far from the landmark Hollywood sign," Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said Tuesday.

Humphrey said it was not clear what group the hikers were affiliated with, "but they apparently didn't take the fire department's warning about heat illness."

Though no one was seriously hurt, Humphrey said nearly 40 children suffered some, "mild to moderate effects of ill heat."

Tuesday marks the ninth day in row parts of Southern California are roasting at over 100 degrees.

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Hot Air Balloon Knocked Down by Strong Winds

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- An early morning hot air balloon ride ended in near disaster for five people Tuesday after the balloon they were riding in crashed to the ground in a field outside Scottsdale, Ariz.

The balloon’s precarious position in the sky was first spotted shortly after 7 a.m. by a helicopter reporter for local TV station KTVK, who described the scene as “terribly wrong.”

“I knew something wasn’t right,” said the reporter, Tammy Rose.

A camera captured the balloon as it began to sway in the sky after it got caught up in winds as strong as 20 mph.  The wind gust knocked the balloon, and its five passengers, to the ground.

“They actually hit the ground several times,” said Rose. “You could see something had gone terribly wrong.”

The balloon and basket holding the passengers were dragged between 800 and 900 feet through a field on the Salt River Pima Indian Reservation where the crash occurred.  After kicking up a dust storm of its own on the field, the basket came to a stop on its side, according to KTVK.

The five people presumed to be on board all emerged from the deflated balloon unscathed and declined medical attention.

The pilot called the crash a “textbook high-wind landing” and reportedly warned passengers ahead of time that they could experience a rough landing due to the weather.

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Extreme Heat: Parts of US Brace for July 4th Scorcher

Burke/Triolo Productions/Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- This Fourth of July could very well be the hottest Independence Day ever for many parts of the country.

And if you thought it felt warmer out there Tuesday, there's good reason. Humidity levels were high across the country; combine that with high temperatures and you get the heat index -- what it actually feels like outside -- hitting 100 degrees and above across much of the nation.

In parts of West Virginia, folks found themselves desperate for ice and water. In parts of Illinois, there were long lines to buy generators. And in Wisconsin this weekend, the oven-like heat caused the pavement to expand and the road to buckle -- creating a ramp that actually launched an SUV into midair.

Across much of the country again Tuesday, temperatures pushed well into and past the 90s. It was 101 degrees in Raleigh, N.C. In St. Louis, temperatures reached 100 degrees. The cities of Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, Memphis, Tenn., and Kansas City, Mo., are on track to have their hottest Fourth of Julys ever.

And the extreme heat is making the extreme drought even worse. Last year at this time one-third of the nation was experiencing drought. This year, three-quarters of the country is parched, conditions that are playing a major role in the epic wildfires out west.

Back east, more than one million homes in seven states were still without power Tuesday night – the region, still reeling from last weekend's violent storms. Many of those without power could remain in the dark for the rest of this week.

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Wild Weather, Tornadoes Hit Mid-Atlantic States

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rare Tornado warnings were up most of Friday in and around Washington, D.C., with heavy winds and rain pounding the mid-Atlantic states for most of the day.  

A possible tornado has touched down in Fallston, Md., a senior Maryland state official tells ABC News.  Except for reports that one building has collapsed, the official says damage from the tornado was not particularly devasting.

Harford County had seen the most significant weather, but a total of six Maryland counties reported possible tornadic activity.  There have also been reports of tornadoes in Raleigh Terrace, Va., at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, as well as storm damage in Merrimac Shores, Va.

The Harford County Fire EMS told ABC News affiliate WJLA that two dozen buildings, both residential and commercial, were severely damaged in Friday's wild storms. Tree tops were wiped out, and at least two people were injured when the roof of a car dealership collapsed. One of the injured was taken to the local hospital, the other was taken to a Baltimore shock trauma unit.

Tornado watches remain in effect through midnight ET from Pennsylvania through Maryland.  Damaging winds are likely from around Pittsburg to Washington, D.C. to Richmond, Va., and Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina. Saturday those areas can expect possible flash flooding after the rain subsides.

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Wildfires Burn In Arizona: Sign of What's to Come?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- Firefighters in Arizona are struggling to contain several wildfires, a taste of what could be a long and difficult season as the combination of high temperatures and extremely dry conditions raise the greater risk of wildfires across the country.

There are currently five wildfires raging across northern Arizona. So far, roughly 6,000 acres have burned, but the fires are zero-percent contained.

Residents of tiny Crown King, Ariz., had to flee their historic mining community, but for the most part, the fires are burning in a rugged, mountainous part of the state.

Still, columns of smoke are visible from downtown Phoenix, an ominous sign of what may be in store for the American West this summer. The National Interagency Fire Center predicts an above-normal wildfire season for several western states. A huge portion of the United States -- from west Texas to parts of California – is already suffering through an historic drought.  This winter brought very little snow -- which not only means less snowpack to melt, but more dry brush -- the perfect fuel for a wildfire.

Already this season firefighters have battled wind-driven wildfires in some unlikely places, like New Jersey, and parts of New York burned in April. Despite that, this year is off to a mercifully slow start. So far less than 400,000 acres have burned. At this point last year, that number was more than two million.

As for firefighters on the ground in Arizona, the forecast offers little promise. It's dry in the desert, but it's also windy in the mountains. And it's hot everywhere: temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees or higher all week.

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