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Alex Hernandez is talking over Zoom about how hot her apartment in Denver is. But she's not there, because it's too hot. She's across the street at Finley's, where there's air conditioning - and cold beer.

"It's a pub, super teeny weeny, but it's super cute," she says.

This is Alex Hernandez's first summer living in Denver. She moved in the spring from Wyoming, and one of the biggest adjustments has been dealing with the heat.

"I feel like it's just, like, a matter of strategy," she says. "Like you're planning your whole life around these extreme temperatures."

Another heat wave is gripping much of the country this week, including areas in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. And research shows that's bad news for trees in high-elevation forests.

An image of a sunset in the wilderness near Elko
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Elko could reach a new record if the area reaches 100 degrees again today.

Clair Ketchum is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Elko. He said after Tuesday's high of 100, the area saw eight consecutive days of 100 degrees or hotter.

Just weeks into the summer season, extreme heat is suffocating parts of the Mountain West including areas already grappling with historic drought conditions.

Blistering temperatures from Nevada and Utah to Idaho and some parts of Colorado come on the heels of an analysis by the World Weather Attribution linking the recent heatwave in the Pacific Northwest to human-caused climate change.

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A close up of a wheat plant in a field of crops.
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Heat waves induced by climate change will threaten future agricultural crops at a faster rate than gradual global warming, according to a new study published in the Journal of the European Economic Association. Steve Miller, a UC Boulder assistant professor of environmental studies, was a lead researcher in the study.

An ominous smoke cloud fills the sky in Wyoming
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Drought, wildfire and record-breaking heat are all part of the current climate landscape in the Mountain West. 

It’s a triple whammy that’s expected to continue into the coming months. 

The silhouette of a person standing outside on a hot day.
NOAA

There's an effort afoot to better identify heat waves – like the one gripping much of the American West right now.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

As we head into the dog days of summer, 2019 is projected to be among the top five hottest years on record. That's according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Many people in the Truckee Meadows are sweltering this week from several days of triple-digit temperatures. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports heat stroke is a health risk in the dead heat of summer.

A few scary things happen when someone suffers a heat stroke. A person’s temperature rises rapidly and then the body’s ability to sweat shuts down. This leaves the person unable to cool down and the body temperature can spike to a dangerous level of 106 degrees or higher, along with other symptoms.