Cooler weather that came into Las Vegas early Halloween morning will start warming up through the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service.
Thursday reached a high of 61, which was 13 degrees below the normal high for this time of year, said meteorologist Trevor Boucher.
A few spots in the Las Vegas Valley reached below freezing to start Halloween morning.
Henderson Executive Airport reached 28 degrees about 4:30 and 6 a.m., while a reading in Southern Highlands was at 30 degrees about 5:40 a.m.
In the northeast part of the valley, near Sunrise Mountain, lows were 31 to 33 degrees at 5:40 a.m. Nellis Air Force Base and North Las Vegas Airport were at 34 degrees. On the west side, Summerlin showed a reading of 34 about 5 a.m.
The valley’s official recording spot, McCarran International Airport, notched 36 degrees at 5:40 a.m. for the morning low.
The freeze warning until 10 a.m. remained in place. The average date for a first freeze in Las Vegas is Dec. 3.
Tough night for homeless
Undoubtedly, the valley’s homeless may have had the coldest night.
Jason Borne, 34, of Fargo, North Dakota, is homeless. He went to the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center on Foremaster Lane at Las Vegas Boulevard to survive the night by bundling up in blankets and getting near some outdoor heaters. He was surrounded by at least 200 people suffering through the night at the outdoor facility.
“It is a place for us to go … you get some warmth here, a little bit of shelter and you at least have a little bit of security around rather than being out on the street,” Borne said.
The last time it has been this cold in October was in 1971, when lows of 30, 26 and 30 were reached Oct. 29-31.
Elsewhere in Nevada, Reno had a low of 19, while Carson City saw 12. The Elko Airport registered 12, while Winnemucca and Ely Airport each reached 4 degrees. Eureka bottomed out at 5. None were records for Oct. 31, according to the weather service.
Nice weekend ahead
Temperatures could dip to 39 degrees early Friday morning, Boucher said. Temperatures are set to approach the average high through the weekend.
“It will be a nice weekend with some mild temperatures and lights winds that everybody should be excited about after a week of cold,” meteorologist Alex Boothe said.
Friday’s forecast has a high of 70, while Saturday should reach 74 and Sunday, 76. Monday and Tuesday will see highs of 77 and 76, respectively.
Overnight lows will be in the upper 40s.