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Smoke fouls air as fires, heat hammer northern Rockies

BILLINGS, Mont. – Record-breaking heat hammered the northern Rockies on Tuesday and smoke from dozens of large wildfires drove pollution to unhealthy levels – a grim but increasingly familiar situation for a region racked by drought.

Spokane has hit 100 degrees in June just five times since 1881. That number is expected to double within a week

Temperatures are expected to eclipse 100 starting Saturday in Spokane, and won't dip below the triple-digit mark until Thursday. If so, it'll tie the longest streak of consecutive 100-degree days in Spokane in history, dating back to July 1928, and will shatter the streak in the month of June set six years ago, when temperatures topped 100 twice on June 27 and June 28.

U.S. West swelters in record-busting heat, risking wildfires

PHOENIX – Dangerous, record-busting heat spread across the U.S. Southwest on Tuesday and into parts of Utah, Montana and Wyoming as a dome of high pressure hovered over a large swath of the region, pushing temperatures into the triple digits this week and intensifying the risk for wildfires amid a long-running drought.

Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records.

Science says record heat, fires worsened by climate change

Heat waves are setting all-time temperature records across the globe, again. Europe suffered its deadliest fire in more than a century, and one of nearly 90 large fires in the U.S. West burned dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of at least 37,000 people near Redding, California. Flood-inducing downpours have pounded the U.S. East this week.

El Nino is gone, but Earth’s record heat is sticking around

WASHINGTON – Earth’s persistent record 2016 heat is now dancing near levels that a world agreement is trying to avoid, federal scientists said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday that globally , June was the 14th straight record hot month, with Earth averaging 61.52 degrees (16.4 degrees Celsius). That is 1.62 degrees (0.9 degrees Celsius)warmer than average and a shade above the record set in 2015. The last month Earth wasn’t record hot was April 2015.

Earth breaks 12th straight monthly heat record

Thanks to a combination of global warming and an El Nino, the planet shattered monthly heat records for an unprecedented 12th straight month, as April smashed the old record by half a degree, according to federal scientists.