Hot! Hot! Hot! Las Vegas Sets Dangerous New Heat Records As Mercury Hits 120F (48.8C).

Photo by Hamidreza Ardalani on Unsplash It's a gamble taking a vacation in Las Vegas as outdoor termperatures reach potentially lethal levels.
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Las Vegas set a new temperature new record as Wednesday  made it five days on the trot over 115F (46C),  forecasts predict that the hot weather is going to stick around for at least a few more days.

Temperatures for weather report purposes are recorded in the shade, and temperatures out in the sun may be considerably higher.

The blazing hot temperatures climbed to 115F shortly after 1pm at Harry Reid international airport, breaking the old mark of four consecutive days above 115F set in July 2005.

The National Weather Service forecast “…Dangerous heat and record high temperatures to continue for much of the West through the end of the work week…

The brutal milestone marks yet another record for the Nevada desert city this week: on Sunday, Las Vegas hit an all-time high of 120F (48.8C)Even by the standards of the Nevasa desert, there are few precendents for spells of hot weather like this.

“This is the most extreme heatwave in the history of record-keeping in Las Vegas since 1937,” said meteorologist John Adair, a veteran of three decades at the National Weather Service office in southern Nevada.

Already the city has broken 16 heat records since June 1, well before the official start of summer, “and we’re not even halfway through July yet,” meteorologist Morgan Stessman said Wednesday. That includes an all-time high of 48.8 C set on Sunday, which beat the previous 47.2 C record.

Alyse Sobosan said this July has felt the hottest in the 15 years she has lived in Las Vegas. She said she doesn’t step outside during the day if she can help it.

“It’s oppressively hot,” she said. “It’s like you can’t really live your life.”

It’s also dangerously hot, health officials have emphasized. There have been at least nine heat-related deaths this year in Clark County, which encompasses Las Vegas, according to the county coroner’s office. Officials say the toll is likely higher.

“Even people of average age who are seemingly healthy can suffer heat illness when it’s so hot it’s hard for your body to cool down,” said Alexis Brignola, an epidemiologist at the Southern Nevada Health District.

For homeless residents and others without access to safe environments, officials have set up emergency cooling centers at community centers across southern Nevada.

The Las Vegas area has been under an excessive heat warning on three separate occasions this summer, totaling about 12 days of dangerous heat with little relief even after the sun goes down, Stessman said.

Keith Bailey and Lee Doss met early Wednesday morning at a Las Vegas park to beat the heat and exercise their dogs, Breakie, Ollie and Stanley.

“If I don’t get out by 8:30 in the morning, then it’s not going to happen that day,” Bailey said, wearing a sunhat while the dogs played in the grass.

The U.S. heat wave came as the global temperature in June was a record warm for the 13th straight month and marked the 12th straight month that the world was 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial times, the European climate service Copernicus said.

Most of this heat, trapped by climate change that is widely considered to be the result of human activity, is from long-term warming from greenhouse gases emitted by the burning of coal, oil and natural gas, scientists say.

While hotels and casinos kept visitors cool with giant AC units, the scorching heat presented acute danger for homeless residents and others without access to safe environments.

Sources: National Weather Service, The Guardian, AP News, VOA.
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