Excessive heat watch issued for Las Vegas Valley

Greg Bennett & Joyce Lupiani

Excessive heat watch issued for Las Vegas Valley

CREATED Jun. 5, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for the Mojave Desert, including the Las Vegas Valley.

Officials are expecting the hottest temperatures of the year so far.

Temperatures are expected to be all week long and into the weekend as an area of high pressure strengthens over the southwest.

The excessive heat watch is in effect through Sunday.

This means highs are expected to push beyond 105 degrees and range between 105 and 110 degrees.

The high pressure will then push east and allow for some flow out of the north that will help bring temperatures back down to slightly above normal levels next Monday.

A prolonged period of excessive heat can put many people in danger of heat-related illnesses.

Those most likely to be affected include the elderly and young children or anyone with health conditions or lack of access to air conditioning, including those participating in outdoor recreation.

Residents are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the son. Residents are also encouraged to check on relatives and neighbors who could be affected by the high temperatures.

Catholic Charities provides a summer day shelter at 1501 North Las Vegas Blvd. for up to 100 homeless men at a time.

The summer day shelter hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. The shelter will close for the season on Sept. 30.

For the most up-to-date weather forecasts, current conditions and hourly forecasts, click on Weather on KTNV.com.