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AP PHOTOS: Sweltering heat wave bakes western US

Sunday - 6/30/2013, 12:34pm  ET

Eight-year-old Willie Fitts holds his nose as he dips his head in the spray of a fountain at the Red Ridge Park kids water park in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Saturday's daytime high was expected to reach 117 degrees, which is the city's all-time high. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The Associated Press

Soaring temperatures are punishing most of the western U.S. for a third day. People flocked to pools, sought shade and misting fans, and cooled off with bottled water. Even zoo animals found relief under a refreshing spray of water.

Here are pictures of the heat wave:

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