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Dangerous Heat; Las Vegas Breaks Records

Sunset. Courtesy National Weather Service Reno, NV

Sweltering in the Southwest. Happy Sunday! If you’re down in the Southwest, be sure to keep hydrated and try to stay indoors — the heat won’t be subsiding just yet.

Excessive Heat Warnings are still in effect from Death Valley to Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon through the rest of Sunday.

Record Breaking Heat. Records were smashed Saturday as temps soared into the triple digits around the region.  This is a partial list from NWS Sacramento, CA, but we have even more locations where new records were set below:

Dozens of new records, and more possible today!

Another Day Above Average. More records could fall in the region through the next few days as the heat builds northward. Here are forecast highs for Sunday afternoon, compared with the record value.

100-Degree Club.Triple-digit heat is expected across a broad area, so travel through desolate areas or outdoor activities could become more dangerous. Unfortunately, the heat did prove deadly for one man who was out hiking. Via the Associated Press:

“BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say a 69-year-old man died and another man and four Boy Scouts were rescued after they all suffered from heat-related illnesses in a hiking area near the Nevada-Arizona line.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area park rangers and other agencies carried out searches Saturday afternoon as temps hit 110 degrees, after receiving calls from help for the men and the scouts in Arizona’s White Rock Canyon area, about eight miles from Boulder City.
A news release says Clawson Bowman Jr. of Las Vegas was located about a mile from the trailhead, but was pronounced dead. Rescuers aided the other man until an air ambulance arrived.
The Boy Scouts were reported lost, but they maintained phone links until they were rescued by an air crew and brought to the trail head, where they were treated by paramedics.
An autopsy will determine the cause of Bowman’s death.”


Slowly subsiding. Temperatures will remain above average into Denver for at least the next week ahead, with some values in the mid-to-upper 90’s nearing records. Next weekend looks much milder as the heat finally disperses into the Plains states, but watch for a warm-up into Nebraska and Kansas in the coming days.


Stay tuned to WeatherNation for the latest on the heat, plus more information on the severe weather threat this week! And have a fantastic Sunday. -Meteorologist Miranda Hilgers


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