Las Vegas Sun

January 21, 2018

Currently: 52° — Complete forecast

Extreme heat by the numbers

We live in Las Vegas—we know it’s hot. But after last week’s soaring temperatures (including Tuesday’s high of 114, which tied the July 10 record), we couldn’t help but wonder: Just how high does the mercury go? Answer: Much higher. So remember—stay hydrated out there!

118 degrees

The highest recorded temperature in Las Vegas (which occurred in 1931), according to

136 degrees

The highest recorded temperature on Earth (recorded in El Azizia, Libya, in 1922), according to the World Meteorological Organization.


Weeks, approximately, it takes the human body to acclimate to the extreme temperatures of Las Vegas, according to Dr. Dale Carrison, chief of staff at University Medical Center. He adds that the time frame varies depending on age and physiology.


Ounces of cool fluids (two to four glasses) per hour the Center for Disease Control recommends when exercising in a hot environment.

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