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Las Vegas heat will near 1939 record by Monday

Updated July 8, 2020 - 12:03 pm

Las Vegas Valley heat will intensify a bit each day, according to the latest National Weather Service forecast.

The forecast high for Wednesday is 105, a degree above normal and a match for Tuesday’s high. By the weekend, highs in Las Vegas are expected to reach 112 on Saturday and Sunday with a 113 forecast for Monday.

“Monday should be the hottest, but I can’t say it will cool off,” meteorologist Jen Varian said.

The record for July 12 is 114, set in 2003, and the July 13 record is 115, set in 1939, Varian said.

Wednesday will be breezy with afternoon gusts reaching 20 mph.

Thursday’s forecast high is 107 with calmer winds. Friday should climb to near 110.

Excessive heat warning

Most of the region, except for areas of high altitudes, is included in an excessive heat warning from Saturday morning through Monday, the weather service said.

High temperatures are expected to reach 105 to 112 degrees for Las Vegas and Pahrump with 112 to 118 for Laughlin and 118 to 125 for Death Valley National Park.

“People should take action to lessen the impact of the extreme heat,” the warning states. “Be prepared to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned room, limit outdoor exposure to the cooler parts of the day, and check up on relatives and neighbors.”

Contact Marvin Clemons at mclemons@reviewjournal.com. Follow @Marv_in_Vegas on Twitter.

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