Updated July 31, 2020 - 8:25 am
A hot start to Friday will probably lead to the hottest day of the prolonged heat spell for the Las Vegas region.
The low temperature of the morning was 88, tying the record for July 31, 2015, for the highest overnight low at McCarran International Airport.
The forecast high is 113, the National Weather Service says. Thursday’s high was 110.
This Heat is… Excessive! 🥵
Records broke yesterday at Kingman, AZ, Needles, CA, & Bishop, CA. Numerous records are in jeopardy again today! 💥
— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) July 31, 2020
Winds will be 5 to 14 mph from the southeast and could gust to 21 mph in the afternoon.
The early Saturday low is forecast to be 86 with the high again rising to about 113.
Sunday is expected to reach 110.
The combination of excessive heat warnings and advisories remains in place through Saturday evening, according to the weather service.
Hottest July 30 in 131 years
Around the region, two communities eclipsed record highs Thursday, including one that was set 131 years ago.
Needles, California, recorded a high of 120, surpassing the record of 117 set in 1889 and reached in 1995 and 2018.
Kingman, Arizona, reached 110, surpassing the 106 recorded in 1907.
A reading of 105 in Bishop, California, tied a record set in 1977.
Clark County will have four additional cooling stations open during the excessive heat warning.
The four locations will have precautionary measures designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including screening protocols, social distancing and mask requirements, the county said.
In the Las Vegas Valley, the cooling stations open at various times:
— Courtyard Homeless Resource Center, 1401 Las Vegas Blvd. North, open 24 hours a day. Call 702-229-6117
— Cambridge Recreation Center, 3930 Cambridge St., open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Saturday. Call 702-455-7169
— SHARE Village Las Vegas, 50 N. 21st St., open daily 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. to noon for hydration only. Call 702-222-1680.
— Downtown Recreation Center, 105 W. Basic Road in Henderson, open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. Call 702-267-4040.
Daytime shelters for the homeless will be open in Clark County through Sept. 30. The Shade Tree shelter is open at 1 W. Owens Ave. in North Las Vegas from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for women and children only. Shade Tree can be reached at 702-385-0072.