Temperatures of up to 120F (48.8C) in Arizona could pose a life threatening risk to the old, sick, homeless, and those trying to cross the desert, authorities say

Authorities have warned that an intensifying heatwave in south-western US states could put lives in jeopardy among the elderly, the infirm and the homeless, and among migrants seeking to enter the country.

Temperatures in Phoenix, Arizona, are likely to peak at 120F (48.8C) on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), which issued an excessive heat warning that will remain in effect until Thursday.

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