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Las Vegas sets daily record for coldest high temperature

Updated May 22, 2019 - 9:38 pm

The Las Vegas Valley broke the record for the coldest high temperature on May 22, according to the National Weather Service.

The temperature Wednesday topped out at 67 degrees, meteorologist Chris Outler said.

The previous lowest high for May 22 was 73 degrees, set in 1971, he said. Official temperatures are recorded at McCarran International Airport.

Meteorologist Jenn Varian said the average temperature for May 22 is 91.

Wednesday saw isolated showers with 0.04 of an inch of rain at the McCarran International Airport, the weather service’s main station.

Most of the rain fell on the south valley, with Henderson seeing rainfall totals up to a half-inch, meteorologist Chelsea Kryston said.

The southwest valley near Decatur Boulevard and the 215 Beltway saw about 0.12 of an inch, and the west valley near Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area also had 0.12 of an inch, according to the Regional Flood Control District’s online map.

Rain chances from Wednesday night into Thursday afternoon will be about 40 percent, the weather service said. Thursday’s high is expected to be 68, with a 55-degree low.

Temperatures are expected to begin warming up Friday, with a high of 78 and a low of 55 expected. There will also be a 30 percent chance for rain overnight Friday, Kryston said.

Saturday should have clear skies, a high of 83 and a low of 59. Sunday’s forecast is mostly sunny, with a 10 percent chance of rain, a high of 79 and a low of 60.

Memorial Day will be mostly sunny, also with a 10 percent chance for rain. Monday’s high will be 76.

Contact Rachel Spacek at 702-387-2921 or rspacek@reviewjournal.com. Follow @RachelSpacek on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Katelyn Newberg contributed to this report.

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