An early summer heat wave will push Las Vegas temperatures to record levels for a third day on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
McCarran International Airport set a record on June 3 with a high of 108 on Thursday, after a record was hit on Wednesday 107 in 2003.
Meteorologists from the weather service forecast a Friday high of 109, which would equate the record for June 4th with a value of 109 last reached in 2016.
Signs of weekend relaxation from the heat will arrive in the form of increased southwest winds in the afternoon and evening that can reach up to 20 mph.
“It will start to cool, but it will still be above normal temperatures,” says weather service meteorologist Jenn Varian, saying that it is possible that a heat warning issued at the beginning of the week could be extended beyond 9 p.m. on Friday .
A Saturday high of 107 is forecast, with an expected decline to 105 on Sunday and 101 on Monday. Tuesday may not hit three-digit numbers with a current forecast of 98.
“The extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, especially for those who work or participate in outdoor activities,” the weather service’s warning said.
If you suspect heat stroke or heat exhaustion, the 911 emergency number must be asked for help.
On Tuesday afternoon, Clark County officials opened daytime cooling stations at community and recreational centers in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, and at Catholic charities downtown.
Two centers will also open in Laughlin, where temperatures along the Colorado River could reach 113 degrees.
Talc cooling stations
– Walnut Recreation Center, 3075 N. Walnut Road (south of E. Cheyenne Avenue) Las Vegas Phone: (702) 455-8402 Hours of Operation: 7: 00-18: 00 MF
– Pearson Community Center, 1625 West Carey Avenue (west of N. Martin Luther King Blvd), Las Vegas, Phone: (702) 455-1220, Hours: 8: 00-18: 00 MF
– Downtown Recreation Center, 105 W. Basic Road (east of Pacific Avenue), Henderson, Phone: (702) 267-4040 Hours of Operation: 11: 00-18: 00 MF
– Catholic Charities, 1511 North Las Vegas Blvd (near Foremaster Lane), Las Vegas, Tel: (702) 385-2662, Hours: 12:00 PM-3:00PM daily
– Hollywood Recreation Center, 1650 S. Hollywood Blvd, (north of American Beauty Ave), Las Vegas, Tel: (702) 455-0566, Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. MF
– Cambridge Recreation Center, 3930 Cambridge Street, (north of E. Flamingo Blvd), Las Vegas, Tel: (702) 455-7169, Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. MF
– Whitney Recreation Center, 5712 E. Missouri Avenue, (south of Tropicana Blvd and west of Boulder Hwy), Las Vegas Phone: (702) 455-7576, Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MF
– SHARE Village (Daily Hydration Only), 50 N. 21st Street (east of E Charleston Blvd), Las Vegas, Tel: (702) 222-1680, Hours: 6:00 am-7:00am Breakfast Kitchen, 8:00 am- 10:00 food pantry
– Downtown Senior Center (Age 50+), 27 E. Texas Avenue (near E. Army Street), Henderson, Phone: (702) 267-4150, Hours of Operation: 12: 00-15: 00 MF
– Courtyard Homeless Resource Center, 1401 Las Vegas Blvd. North (Entrance 310 Foremaster Lane), Las Vegas, Phone: (702) 229-6117, Hours of Operation: 24 hours every day
– Downtown Recreation Center, 105 W. Basic Road, Henderson, open Saturdays from 9am to 3pm, closed on Sundays, and open from 11am to 6pm on Mondays. Call 702-267-4040
Cooling stations outside the valley
– In Laughlin: American Legion Richard Springston Post 60, 1510 Bruce Woodbury Drive, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on days with temperatures above 112 degrees. An outdoor cooling area will be open to pets on a leash or in a pet carrier, but pets are not allowed inside the building. Call 702-299-1510.
– Colorado River Food Bank, 240 Laughlin Civic Drive, Laughlin, 89029, Phone: (702) 298-9220, Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m.-2: 45 p.m. Mon-Fri.
In a Twitter post, the weather service advised people to drink plenty of water, limit the time outside to the cooler times of the day, and wear light, breathable clothing.
“Anyone who is overwhelmed by heat should be moved to a cool and shady place,” the warning read, advising a call to 911 for help for those who might be suffering from heat stroke.
The Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross shared the following memories:
– Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
– Use a buddy system if you work in excessive heat and take frequent breaks if you have to work outdoors.
Check out family, friends, and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning, spend a lot of time alone, or are more likely to be affected by the heat
– Check the animals frequently to make sure they are not suffering from the heat.
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