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Las Vegas ties all-time high of 117 degrees Saturday

Updated July 10, 2021 - 11:00 pm

Las Vegas tied its all-time high temperature of 117 degrees on Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

The mark, which was hit at 5:12 p.m. at McCarran International Airport, was last reached June 20, 2017. The outlook for Sunday is 116.

Saturday morning just missed tying the record for the all-time highest minimum temperature.

The low at McCarran, where the weather service takes official measurements, only dropped to 94 at 4:30 a.m., one degree shy of the all-time record last reached on July 1, 2013, meteorologist Barry Pierce said.

NV Energy has asked customers to conserve electricity from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday because of the heat wave and out-of-state wildfires.

The Las Vegas Fire Department had received 11 heat-related calls as of Saturday afternoon. Most of the people were taken to a hospital, the department said on Twitter. One person was treated for burned feet after walking on hot pavement.

The department has seen an increase in heat-related calls in recent days, with 27 on Friday, 23 on Thursday and 19 on Wednesday. Calls received in early July had not been as urgent as those in the past two days, the department said.

McCarran has only reached 117 four times prior to Saturday.

Records have already been broken this week, when the temperature on Friday reached 116, surpassing the record for the date of 113 set on July 9, 1943.

The Las Vegas Valley is under an excessive heat warning set to expire at 8 p.m. Monday, according to the weather service.

To the west, Death Valley National Park reached a scorching 129 on Saturday, with the same temperature forecast for Sunday and Monday.

Last Aug. 16, the Furnace Creek visitor’s center reached 130, a reading that is still being evaluated as possibly the highest temperature recorded on the planet.

A 1913 reading of 134 has long been considered the hottest ever but is being studied by weather experts as perhaps not being accurate.

Laughlin, which was forecast at 124 Saturday, was saved by a few afternoon clouds that kept the high at 120, according to meteorologist Dan Berc. The forecast for Sunday is 120.

The all-time Nevada high temperature is 125, recorded June 20, 1994, in Laughlin.

Unofficial readings of 118

The east side of the valley is usually the warmest, and Friday was no exception as some locations reached 120.

“The readings aren’t official, but certainly some neighborhoods got to 118 or 120,” Outler said.

Parts of Henderson reached 118, as did Southern Highlands.

Overnight lows will drop into the low 90s on the weekend and into the early part of next week before dropping to the upper 80s later in the week.

Some rain fell at Mount Charleston with 0.04 of an inch recorded during a brief shower.

Chance of rain Monday

As six days of an excessive heat warning end on Monday, there is a 10 percent chance of showers in Las Vegas during the night, according to the weather service. Death Valley also has a 10 percent chance of rainfall.

Forecast highs in Las Vegas drop to 113 on Monday and 108 on Tuesday.

Flight delays

The Friday heat also caused arriving flights at McCarran to be delayed by up to an 1 hour and 33 minutes, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Crystal Essiaw.

“During times of extreme heat, the air is less dense and generates less lift,” Essiaw said.

There have been no weather-related flight delays at the airport on Saturday as of about 1:40 p.m. The FAA is the entity that would request flight delays due to extreme heat, airport spokesman Joe Rajchel said.


The Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross has shared the following reminders:

■ Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

■ Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat, and take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

■ Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, spend much of their time alone or are more likely to be affected by the heat.

■ Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

Cooling stations open

Daytime cooling stations will be open through Monday. They include:

— Walnut Recreation Center, 3075 N. Walnut Road (south of East Cheyenne Avenue) Las Vegas; 702-455-8402, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

— Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Carey Ave. (west of North Martin Luther King Boulevard), Las Vegas; 702-455-1220; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

— Downtown Recreation Center, 105 W. Basic Road (east of Pacific Avenue), Henderson; 702-267-4040; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Catholic Charities, 1511 Las Vegas Blvd. North (near Foremaster Lane), Las Vegas; 702-385-2662; noon-3 p.m. daily.

— Hollywood Recreation Center, 1650 S. Hollywood Blvd., (north of American Beauty Avenue), Las Vegas; 702-455-0566; 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday.

— Cambridge Recreation Center, 3930 Cambridge St., (north of East Flamingo Boulevard), Las Vegas; 702-455-7169; 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday.

— Whitney Recreation Center, 5712 E. Missouri Ave., (south of Tropicana Boulevard and west of Boulder Highway), Las Vegas; 702-455-7576; 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

— SHARE Village (daily hydration only), 50 N. 21st St. (east of East Charleston Boulevard), Las Vegas; 702-222-1680; 6-7 a.m. breakfast pantry, 8-10 a.m. grocery pantry.

— Downtown Senior Center (age 50+), 27 E. Texas Ave. (near East Army Street), Henderson; 702-267-4150; noon-3 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Courtyard Homeless Resource Center, 1401 Las Vegas Blvd. North (enter at 310 Foremaster Lane), Las Vegas; 702-229-6117; 24 hours all days.

American Legion Richard Springston Post 60, 1510 Bruce Woodbury Drive, Laughlin; 702-299-1510; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on days with temperatures more than 112 degrees. An outside cooling area will be open for pets on a leash or in a carrier, but no pets will be allowed inside the building.

— Colorado River Food Bank, 240 Laughlin Civic Drive, Laughlin, 89029; 702-298-9220; 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Monday-Friday.

— The Senior Center of Boulder City offers an air-conditioned place for older residents, 813 Arizona St.; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Contact Marvin Clemons at mclemons@reviewjournal.com. Follow @Marv_in_Vegas on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writers Katelyn Newberg and Sabrina Schnur contributed to this report.

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