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Record-breaking heat may invade valley

The poor souls who dare to challenge Mother Nature by stepping away from air-conditioned environments should prepare themselves for possible record-breaking heat in upcoming days.

National Weather Service spokesman Brian Fuis said several temperature records could be tied or broken today and Monday as Las Vegas Valley residents sweat out two heat warning days.

The high today is expected to reach 108 degrees, which would tie the hottest day ever in the Las Vegas Valley for June 6, a record set in 2002, he said.

And the highest-low temperature record is expected to be broken today , he said.

The previous record was 80 degrees set in 2004. Today’s high-low temperature is expected to reach 83.

The thermometer Monday is expected to hit 109 degrees, which would break the record for hottest day on the record for June 7. That record of 108 was set in 1955.

All temperatures are taken at the official monitoring site at McCarran International Airport.

The weather service issued a heat warning from 1 p.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Monday.

Temperatures have been rising quickly in the valley since it hit its first 100-degree day of the year on Thursday.

Fuis pointed out that at the end of May, high temperatures were between 90 and 96 degrees.

“It’s been a pretty rapid warm-up,” he said.

Fuis attributed the quick climb in temperature to a strong, high-pressure system over the southwest part of the country.

But relief is on the way.

Fuis said winds are supposed to pick up and temperatures will drop to the lower 90s by midweek because of a low-pressure system.

The cool-down is expected to last a few days, he said.

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

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