Visitors to the Salvation Army cooling center in Las Vegas drink ice water in air-conditioned bliss, enjoying two small things that make a big difference when the temperature hits triple digits.
"If they're not cooled off, if they can't get to cool water or cool off their heads, it could be life or death for some," David Robeck, Salvation Army executive director of social services, said.
Robeck said the campus' cooling station, at 31 W. Owens Ave., daily serves almost 300 people who do not have other access to relief from the heat. It's open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitor numbers rise with the temperature. And that means this week probably will be a busy one.
The National Weather Service is predicting triple-digit Las Vegas temperatures through Friday, with a possible record-setting high on Thursday.
Clay Morgan, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Las Vegas, said the weather has been hotter than usual recently.
"It is certainly not unprecedented," Morgan said. "But we are running 5 to 10 degrees above normal for this time of the year."
Highs between 105 and 110 are expected for the remainder of the week. On Thursday, temperatures could exceed the prediction of 109 and top the June 21, 1954, high of 111.
"It's an outside chance," Morgan said. "But we can't rule it out."
Clark County has opened seven cooling stations throughout Las Vegas to help people battle the heat :
■ Cambridge Recreation Center, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., 3930 Cambridge St.
■ Dula Gymnasium, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., 441 E. Bonanza Road.
■ Hollywood Recreation Center, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., 1650 S. Hollywood Blvd.
■ Islamic Society of Nevada, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 4730 E. Desert Inn Road.
■ Stupak Community Center, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., 251 W. Boston Ave.
■ Walnut Recreation Center, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., 3075 N. Walnut Ave.
■ Valley View Recreation Center, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., 500 Harris St., Henderson
The stations will be open until Wednesday. Cooling stations open daily are set up at Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army and Shade Tree. The Catholic Charities cooling station, at 1501 Las Vegas Blvd. North, is open only to men from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Shade Tree is open only to women and children from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 1 W. Owens Ave.
To find the nearest cooling station, call 211 or visit helphopehome.org.
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