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Near-record heat to cook Las Vegas region through Friday

Updated May 28, 2020 - 8:38 am

Temperatures will approach record highs again Thursday as a three-day heat wave bakes the Las Vegas region.

The high of 107 on Wednesday was a degree short of the record set in 1974.

The forecast high for Thursday is 107. The record for May 28 in Las Vegas is 109, set in 2003.

Death Valley National Park hit 118 on Wednesday, eclipsing the record of 117 for May 27 set in 2014. Death Valley is projected to hit 121 on Thursday, a degree above the May 28 record.

Winds in Las Vegas will be 5 to 10 mph on Thursday. The overnight low will be about 80.

Extreme heat will persist through Friday evening before slightly cooler weather returns. The forecast high is 107 and the record for May 29 is 108, set in 1984.

Winds could gust into the mid-20s on Friday.

“We’ll get some winds on Friday, but we’ll still have the heat,” National Weather Service meteorologist John Salmen said. “On Saturday, a low-pressure system will approach the (Pacific) coast and push the high pressure we have off to the east, and that will help bring temperatures down a few degrees.”

Cooling stations open

Clark County will operate cooling stations through Friday at these locations:

— Courtyard Homeless Resource Center, 1401 Las Vegas Blvd. North, (enter at 310 Foremaster Lane) 24 hours a day.

— SHARE Village Las Vegas, 501 N. 21st St. (north of Fremont Street), 10 a.m. to noon, hydration only.

— Downtown Recreation Center, 105. W. Basic Road (east of Pacific Avenue), Henderson, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

— The Salvation Army-Mesquite, 742 Pioneer Blvd. (west of Grapevine Road), Suite D, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The excessive heat significantly increases the potential for heat-related illnesses, especially for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

If possible, people should stay indoors in rooms with air conditioning during the hottest part of the day.

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

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