Officials heed warnings as early heat wave hits the West

LAS VEGAS (AP) Parts of the Western U.S. are getting an early taste of scorching summer heat, forcing officials in California, Oregon and desert Southwest states to heed the warnings of dangerous, triple-digit temperatures in this first week of June.

Organizers rescheduled California's state track and field championship events to start in the evening hours on Friday and Saturday.

Marching bands have asked officials with the Portland Rose Festival in Oregon if they can take off their hats and change their uniforms during judged performances to help stay cool over the weekend.

The severity of the forecast is also putting the area around Southern Nevada under an excessive heat warning, from Las Vegas to the California and Arizona borders.

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