Tuesday, July 1, 2008 | 5 p.m.
High temperatures of 112 degrees or above are expected in Las Vegas on Thursday, the National Weather Service forecasters said today.
The weather service issued an excessive heat watch for Southern Nevada, Southern California and Lake Havasu City and Kingman, Ariz., from sunrise until sunset on Thursday.
The weather service advises that those in the watch area should be aware that heat-related illnesses, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke are possible, so to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sunshine and in an air-conditioned room if possible and check up on elderly relatives and neighbors.
If temperatures in any cities within the excessive heat watch hit 112 degrees or above, then the weather service will issue an excessive heat warning, said meteorologist Brian Fuis.
An excessive heat warning affects people working outside, infants, children and the elderly.
The Las Vegas Valley was well on its way to higher temperatures as the high hit 109 degrees today, Fuis said.
Temperatures may cool a degree or two for the holiday weekend, but with no sign of rain, the hot weather is expected to continue, weather service forecasts said.