Excessive heat warning issued for valley, precautions encouraged
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning that is in effect from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday for areas below 4,000 feet in the Mojave Desert.
It is expected to be near 107 degrees Friday in Las Vegas, 106 to 110 in Morongo Basin, Barstow, Mesquite and Overton; 113 to 116 along the Colorado River; and nearly 121 in Death Valley.
An excessive heat warning is issued when temperatures are forecast to reach dangerous levels that will stress the body if precautions are not taken.
Anyone that has to spend time outdoors should take extra precautions. If you must do any strenuous activities, do them early in the day or later in the evening.
Wear light and loose-fitting clothes when possible and make sure to drink plenty of water.
If you have to work outside, make sure to take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
Also, make sure that you know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If a person is overcome by the heat, they should be moved to a cool and shaded area and 911 should be called.
Signs of heat stroke in pets include:
-- Rapid Panting
*Critical signs of heatstroke
Several additional cooling stations will be open Friday in the Las Vegas area. In addition, Catholic Charities on Las Vegas Boulevard North; the Salvation Army on West Owens Avenue; and Shade Tree Shelter on West Owens Avenue are open seven days a week.
More information on cooling stations can be found here.
Pet owners should also take extra precautions.
It is a misdemeanor in Clark County not to provide supplemental cooling for your pet when an excessive heat warning is issued.
Pets, especially the very young and very old, should be kept inside. Exercise should be limited to very early morning and late evening.
If the pavement is too hot for the palms of a person's hands, they are also too hot for a dog's paws.
In addition, it is illegal and deadly to leave animals unattended in vehicles.
If a pet must be kept outdoors, make sure it has plenty of shade and access to cool drinking water. A small child's swimming pool and misting systems can help keep outside animals cool.
If someone in the public sees an animal in distress because of the heat, contact Animal Control at 3-1-1 or the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society at 434-2009.