Winter dry spell in Las Vegas Valley breaks 53-year record

The Las Vegas Valley is in the heart of the Mojave Desert and its occupants expect dry weather. But this year, it was dry enough to break a 53-year record.

Wednesday marked the 48th day of dry winter weather in the valley. The dry spell began Dec. 5, National Weather Service meteorologist Barry Pierce said, and continues into today. No precipitation is expected in the next seven to 10 days, he said.

Previously, the record 47-day span of dry winter days went from Dec. 10, 1960, to Jan. 25, 1961.

This record only counts precipitation within the metropolitan area. Snow in the Spring Mountains doesn’t count, though Pierce noted that area won’t see precipitation for the next couple of weeks.

Temperatures in Las Vegas are expected to stay in the low 70s this week. Kyle Canyon at Mount Charleston will see high temperatures of about 50 degrees.

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