8/29/11 (AEIN) While much of the nation's attention focused upon the strong winds and heavy rainfall of Hurricane Irene, the southern and western U.S. experienced another day of particularly hot temperatures on Sunday. A number of major cities in Louisiana, Kansas, Arizona, Texas, Nevada and other states reached or exceeded 100F (38 C) degrees.
Many of the hottest temperatures occurred in Texas. Austin, San Antonio and Wichita Falls each reported highs of 110F. Meanwhile, Amarillo, Abilene, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock and Midland recorded high temperatures ranging from 100 to 107 degrees. Forecasts predicted little cooling for the next two days, with El Paso expected to reach 100F on Wednesday.
Several other states also reported oppressive heat. Shreveport saw a high of 105F, while Baton Rouge and Tallahassee reached 100. Tucson, Phoenix and Yuma each surpassed 100 degrees as Las Vegas soared to 107F. Fresno reported a high of 102F and Wichita 103F. Temperatures reached 100 degrees even as far north as Boise, with the cities of Casper, Spokane and Medford making it into the 90s.