Temps on the rise in Las Vegas, excessive heat warning issued
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- We are coming off one of the hottest weekends of the year so far in Las Vegas and it is only expected to get worse this week.
So far this year, Southern Nevada has been pretty lucky.
Although we did hit 100 fairly early in the year (June 12), the Las Vegas valley and surrounding areas have not suffered excessive temperatures like much of the country.
After all, we do live in a desert. We expect it to be hot. But at some point, even those that live in this part of the country start to really feel the heat.
Las Vegas hit 110 degrees for the first time on Sunday. That was not the record though. The hottest July 8 on record happened in 1989. It was 113 degrees that day.
We aren't expecting to break any records this week but we will definitely be getting close.
The National Weather Services has issued an excessive heat warning. It will take effect Tuesday at 10 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. Wednesday night.
Highs in Las Vegas could reach 113 degrees; 115 to 120 along the Colorado River; 112 to 116 in Barstow, Mesquite and Overton; and around 124 in Death Valley.
Overnight lows will only drop into the 80s to mid 90s Tuesday night.
The warning is issued for any area in Southern Nevada, Southeast California and Northwest Arizona that is below 4,000 feet.
An excessive heat warning is issued when temperatures are forecast to reach dangerous levels that will stress the body if precautions are not taken.
Excessive temperatures can be particularly dangerous to infants and children, senior citizens, and people with chronic medical conditions.
Temperatures this hot will make working outdoors considerably more difficult and heat stroke is more likely for anyone that engages in strenuous outdoor activities.
The following are some tips for surviving the heat:
-- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol.
-- Stay indoors. Avoid being outside for long periods of time.
-- If you don't have air conditioning, find a place that does like a mall, movie theater or library.
-- Avoid strenuous work or exercise during the hottest part of the day.
-- If you do have to be outside, take plenty of breaks. Cool off occasionally by going indoors or finding shade.
-- Wear clothing that is lightweight, loose-fitting and light colored.
-- Wear a hat.
-- Wear sunscreen or SPF 15 or higher. Put on sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside.
-- Never leave pets or children in unattended in hot cars.
-- Take cool showers or baths.
-- Use the stove and oven less in your home.
Symptoms of heat-related illness include nausea, dizziness and heavy sweating. Victims should be taken to a cool or shady area as soon as possible and given non-alcoholic drinks. If a person is having trouble breathing, lose consciousness or vomits, call 911 immediately.
High temps can also result in higher power bills.
To help keep the costs down during the summer, do not set your thermostat lower than 78 degrees when you are home and 85 when you are away. Also, keep your drapes and shades closed. In addition, do not use your clothes dryers and dishwashers during the day.