Mercury about to hit 100 for first time this year in Las Vegas

Vegas News

Steve Marcus

Tadaisha Flowers of Milwaukee, Wis., cools off in front of a misting fan on the Strip as the official high temperature hit 110 degrees Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 2 a.m.

The heat is on this week, as the Las Vegas Valley is expected to hit its first 100-degree day Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The thermometer is expected to hit 100 by 5 p.m., with a low of about 75. Thursday should reach 100 again, before temperatures sink back to the 90s for Friday and the weekend.

It’s about time, too. The average date for the first 100-degree day is May 26.

While the century mark is coming a little later than normal this year, it’s not so late as to be abnormal, the weather service said. The last time May didn’t hit 100 was in 2016.

The record for the latest triple-digit heat was 1965, when it didn’t reach 100 or more until June 30.

The average temperature this May was 71 degrees, with the warmest days on May 13 and 14 at 93 degrees. This is only the third year on record that Las Vegas did not reach at least 94 in May.

Here are so hot-weather tips from the National Weather Service and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

• Avoid the outdoors during the hottest part of the day, typically in the late afternoon.

• Take frequent breaks during exercise and limit strenuous outdoor activities.

• Drink plenty of water.

• Don’t leave children or pets in the car.

• Use sunscreen and wear hats and clothing that protect your skin. If you wear makeup, try to find a brand with sunblock already mixed in.

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