Just a week into summer and the Pacific Northwest is breaking high records with its soaring temperatures.

Temperatures are predicted to continue to be 20 degrees above average in this region of the country, according to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy.  The heat wave will penetrate well inland, to the Mountain states, where temperatures will hit 100 degrees or more in Utah, Nevada, Montana, and Idaho.

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The National Weather Service predicted a “very hot weekend in store for much of the western US,” the agency tweeted.  “Stay cool and beat the heat.”

In fact, record highs are expected over the next few days across the Northwest, and heat warning are posted throughout the West for the first full weekend of summer, forecasters stated.

With the soaring heat, local animal control officers want to spread the message that if it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter in your car.  According to Q13 News, it’s a scenario that can be deadly for pets left inside cars, yet authorities are responding to a growing number of cases.

Officers demonstrated the drastic heat difference between outside and inside cars with the use of a thermal laser gum.  The temperature rose about 13 degrees inside a parked car in under 10 minutes, creating potentially devastating circumstances for any pets left inside parked vehicles.

Starting July, a new state law goes into effect that aims to protect police and animal control officers from being held liable if they have to smash out car windows to rescue a pet.

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