Las Vegas forecast: With hot fireworks come hot weather

Prepare for a scorching Independence Day next week.

Temperatures are expected to pass the 110-degree threshold on Tuesday, and the summer heat is expected to continue through the week, according to the National Weather Service’s Las Vegas office.

“Tuesday and Wednesday will be the hottest days we’ve had this year,” said weather service meteorologist Chris Stumpf. But “it’s just typical summer weather.”

Temperatures might drop ever-so-slightly starting on Thursday, and this year, Independence Day will be hot, about 107 degrees, with an afternoon breeze and partly cloudy conditions, Stumpf predicted. The record high temperature for July 4 was set in 1985 at 115 degrees.

Stumpf also said that late next week the chances of monsoons will start to go up.

The valley is getting close to having a record-setting dry spell. It has been 120 consecutive days with no measurable rain — just a month shy of the record 150 days, set in 1959.

“Last summer there were a lot of storms in the valley, but none was recorded at McCarran,” he said. The weather service’s main weather measuring station in the valley is at McCarran International Airport.

June used to average a maximum temperature of 98.7 degrees and July averaged 104.2 degrees, according to statistics provided by the National Climatic Data Center from 1981 to 2010. Temperatures just over 100 degrees are fairly normal for this time of year, but a record high temperature occurred last year on June 30 when it was 117 degrees.

“Compared to last year at this time, we’re quite cooler,” Stumpf said.

A record high for July was documented on July 19, 2005, when it was also 117 degrees, according to weather service data.

Either way, it is definitely time for some extreme-heat safety measures: drink lots of water, use plenty of sunscreen, and keep children and pets cool, the weather service says. And when it is time to enjoy some fireworks, remember that dry heat and wind lead to optimal conditions for fire to to spread.

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