With a "mostly hot and dry week," drought conditions throughout the Western U.S. worsened yet again between June 15 and June 22.
Despite some slight improvements in portions of New Mexico, the U.S. Drought Monitor said that "widespread severe or worse drought continued in [the state], and conditions remained the same or worsened elsewhere."
Drought-level conditions deteriorated in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana and severe drought conditions expanded into western Idaho.
"Wildfires and increasing wildfire danger, water restrictions, and damage to agriculture are very common across the West region," the latest Drought Monitor report said.
Lake Powell is at only 35 percent of capacity, according to the Bureau of Reclamation's June 21 report. The full lower Colorado River system remains at only 42 percent of capacity, with 24,956 thousand acre-feet of water.
Salt River Project storage is at 73 percent of capacity as of June 23 with roughly 1.4 million acre-feet of water in the system's storage. This is 21 percent less than year-ago levels, when the system was at 94 percent of capacity, according to SRP's daily report.
About 58.4 million people in the Western U.S. now live in drought conditions, according to the Drought Monitor.
Areas of Oregon and California are expecting triple-digit temperatures and unrelenting heat at least 10 to 20 degrees above normal starting June 25.
The Pacific Northwest remains "in a high risk of excessive heat" through July 2, according to the National Weather Service. As if the forecast highs were insufficient, the NWS said some models "want to take the heat up another notch, suggesting temps near or above 110 F for Spokane and near 120 F for Moses Lake."