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Vegas briefly rolls 100

In a town that loves its numbers, Wednesday marked the first triple-digit day of 2012.

It hit 100 degrees in Las Vegas late Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Ryan Metzger said the benchmark was reached at 4:31 p.m. and stood for two or three minutes before dropping to 99 degrees.

“It hit it briefly,” Metzger said.

The heat was measured at McCarran International Airport, the weather service’s official recording station for Las Vegas.

It typically reaches 100 degrees for the first time of the year on May 25, according to the weather service.

Metzger said hitting the 100-degree mark early is not an indication that it will be an unseasonably hot summer.

The average high temperature for May 16 is 89 degrees, he said.

Although it’s hot, Wednesday’s temperature came nowhere near the all-time record of 107 degrees, set on May 16, 1937.

Tody’s high also is expected to reach 100 degrees. It is expected to reach only 90 degrees Friday.

Contact reporter Antonio Planas at aplanas@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4638.

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