The Las Vegas Valley hit 100 degrees for the first time in 2019 on Wednesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service said the mercury at the official weather station at McCarran International Airport recorded triple digits at 1:42 p.m. and topped out at 102 degrees at 3:56 p.m.
Meteorologist Caleb Steele said this year is “on the later side” to start hitting triple digits, but not near a record. The latest the valley has topped 100 for the first time was June 30, 1965, and the earliest was May 1, 1947. The first 100-degree day typically falls on May 26, he said.
According to the weather service, Las Vegas saw the most days of 100-degree or higher temperatures in 1940, with 100 days. The fewest number of 100-degree or higher days was 44 in 1965.
Temperatures should top the century mark Thursday with a forecast high of 101, dipping to an overnight low of 77. High temperatures will slip back into the 90s through the weekend, with forecast highs of 98 on Friday, 94 on Saturday and 97 on Sunday. Overnight lows in the 70s are expected during that time.
The weather service predicts wind gusts of about 25 mph on Thursday afternoon and Friday.