Dozens hospitalised after extreme heatwave hits US

More than 40 people have been hospitalised in Las Vegas since Friday, as a heatwave blistered parts of the US.

Las Vegas fire and rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said: "We will probably start to see a rise in calls Sunday and Monday as the event prolongs.

"People's bodies will be more agitated the longer the event lasts and people may require medical assistance".

The sun shines on people standing on the roof observation deck of the Griffith Observatory, in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Alcorn
Mariely Torres lies in the shade with her dog Cokie at Belvedere Lake Park as a potentially dangerous heat wave grips the western U.S. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Alcorn
Record temperatures in Death Valley National Park, California. Credit: Reuters/Steve Marcus

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