Dangerous heat wave headed to the West: Latest forecast

Heat alerts are in effect for 36 million people across six Southwest states ahead of a major heat wave.

On Saturday temperatures are expected to reach a scorching 115 degrees in Phoenix, 99 degrees in Salt Lake City and 110 degrees in both Las Vegas and Palm Springs, Florida.

PHOTO: A weather map shows the temperatures in the Southwest which is experiencing a heatwave and drought.

Then the record-breaking temperatures will begin Sunday.

By Tuesday, temperatures are forecast to climb to 114 degrees in Las Vegas, 105 degrees in Salt Lake City, 118 degrees in Palm Springs and 117 degrees in Phoenix.

PHOTO: A weather map shows the temperatures in the Southwest which is experiencing a heatwave and drought.

Temperatures are forecast to reach 120 degrees in the desert including in Death Valley and Needles, both in California.

Some cities to watch for record highs: Salt Lake City, Denver, Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Sacramento, California.

The heat wave comes as 22 large wildfires burn in the West and as an extreme drought stretches from California to western Texas.

PHOTO: Peter Lucero, part of the Tucson Samaritans volunteer group, places a jug of water along known high traffic areas for migrants in the desert near Three Points, Ariz., on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

PHOTO: A sign notifies a boat launch is closed because of low water levels due to drought in the Hoover Dam reservoir of Lake Mead near Las Vegas,  June 9, 2021.

ABC News’ Brittany Borer contributed to this report.

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