The Associated Press
PHOENIX — As the mercury soared, records were falling.
A severe heat wave ushered in the first day of summer Monday in the broiling Southwest, where extreme temperatures were blamed for at least five deaths over the weekend.
Towns along the Arizona-California border were getting the brunt of the extreme temperatures on Monday.
In Palm Springs, the thermometer hit 121 degrees in the early afternoon. The temperature in Phoenix broke a record and hit 116 degrees.
A cool off was expected in the coming days.