Thursday’s record-breaking high and gusty winds should give way to cooler temperatures and light breezes today after a cold front settled on the Las Vegas Valley.
Warm winds ahead of the front drove the temperature from 57 to 70 degrees in just more than 30 minutes Thursday morning at McCarran International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. Las Vegas reached 73 degrees around 11 a.m., breaking a record high of 72 for Jan. 30 set in 1971.
The wind knocked out power for about 1,400 customers, said NV Energy’s Jennifer Schuricht. Weather-related outages started about 2 p.m. and affected mainly the area near Lake Mead Boulevard and Tenaya Way. Blustery winds earned an advisory from the Weather Service with gusts expected to push up to 55 mph.
While some in the valley likely saw a few sprinkles, it wasn’t enough to break the 57-day dry spell.
“There would have to be precipitation by the airport for it to be official,” Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Metzger said.
There’s a 20 percent chance of rain today. Temperatures will struggle to reach 60 degrees, and the high-50s should stick around into next week.