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March 20, 2019

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Cooling stations appear amid near-record valley heat


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.

Updated Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 | 5:45 p.m.

Forecasters say near-record temperatures are expected in parts of Southern Nevada over the coming days and they've issued an excessive heat warning through Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service says temperatures on Monday at McCarran International Airport hit 110 degrees. The daily record of 111 degrees was set in 1939. Records go back to January 1937, according to Weather Service meteorologist Barry Pierce.

Temperatures at Lake Mead reached 112 degrees, he said.

Highs are expected to drop to 106 in the valley Thursday, cooling down to 101 to 103 Friday through early next week, Pierce said.

The normal high temperature today is 102 degrees, and the normal low is 79 degrees, he said. The low temperature tonight should be about 84 degrees.

An area of high pressure is responsible for the heat, and the excessive heat warning will be in effect for the Las Vegas Valley, southern Nye County and other areas through 8 p.m. Wednesday, Pierce said.

Because of the excessive heat, Clark County has opened additional daytime cooling stations.

Daytime shelter for homeless people is available at:

• Catholic Charities, 1511 N. Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for men.

• Salvation Army, 33 W. Owens Ave. in North Las Vegas. Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for adults.

• Shade Tree, 1 W. Owens Ave. in North Las Vegas. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for women and children.

The following cooling stations are open today through Wednesday:

• Walnut Recreation Center, 3075 N. Walnut Road in Las Vegas. Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m..

• Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Carey Ave. in Las Vegas. Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• Stupak Community Center, 251 W. Boston Ave. in Las Vegas. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• Dula Gymnasium, 441 E. Bonanza Road in Las Vegas. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• Hollywood Recreation Center, 1650 S. Hollywood Blvd. in Las Vegas. Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Cambridge Recreation Center, 3930 Cambridge St. in Las Vegas. Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive in Henderson. Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris St. in Henderson. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Black Mountain Recreation Center, 599 Greenway Road in Henderson. Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Veterans Village, 1150 Las Vegas Blvd. South in Las Vegas. Open 24 hours a day.

• Islamic Society of Nevada, 4730 E. Desert Inn Road in Las Vegas. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• American Legion Richard Springston Post 60, 1510 Bruce Woodbury Drive in Laughlin. Open 24 hours a day.

• Colorado River Food Bank, 240 Laughlin Civic Drive in Laughlin. Open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pets on leashes or in carriers are welcome at Walnut Recreation Center, Pearson Community Center, Hollywood Recreation Center and Cambridge Recreation Center.

The American Red Cross, which offers water and additional personnel to cooling stations and shelters, suggests people wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing that is light in color when out in the heat, according to spokesman Frank Rutkowski.

If working outdoors is a requirement, use the buddy system, he said.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, nausea and headaches. Ensure anyone exhibiting those symptoms is moved to a cooler place and loosens any tight-fitting clothes, Rutkowski said.

Call 911 if the person suffering the symptoms vomits when trying to keep down small amounts of water or if a person's body temperature becomes dangerously high.

Las Vegas Sun reporter Jackie Valley and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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