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Las Vegas Endures Record-Breaking Heat Wave

Las Vegas residents, accustomed to the intense summer heat, are now facing unprecedented temperatures as the city is set to record its fifth consecutive day of temperatures exceeding 115 degrees Fahrenheit. This extreme heat wave is part of a larger pattern affecting much of the United States.

On Tuesday, Las Vegas came close to breaking its all-time high temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit, recorded just this past Sunday. Instead, the city set a new daily record of 119 degrees, surpassing the previous mark of 116 degrees set in 2021. Meteorologists predict that the record streak of days over 115 degrees will continue through Friday.

“This is the most extreme heat wave in the history of record-keeping in Las Vegas since 1937,” said John Adair, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in southern Nevada.

Las Vegas tied its previous record of four consecutive days above 115 degrees, set in July 2005, and is on track to extend this record through the end of the week. Alyse Sobosan, a local resident, shared her experience of the sweltering heat. “It’s oppressively hot,” she said. “It’s like you can’t really live your life.”

The heat wave has significant health implications. Alexis Brignola, an epidemiologist at the Southern Nevada Health District, warned, “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.”

This intense heat is not limited to Las Vegas. Across the U.S., over 161 million people are under heat alerts, with numerous locations in the West breaking previous temperature records. In Death Valley, temperatures reached a scorching 120 degrees, attracting tourists eager to experience the extreme conditions firsthand.

The heat wave has also contributed to tragic incidents, including the death of a motorcyclist in Death Valley National Park. The extreme conditions have sparked wildfires across the West, with new blazes rapidly spreading in Oregon and California. In Oregon, the Larch Creek Fire has grown to over five square miles, prompting evacuations. In California, firefighters are battling multiple wildfires, including the Lake Fire in Santa Barbara County and the Vista Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest.

The National Weather Service has extended excessive heat warnings across the Southwest U.S. through Saturday morning, cautioning that the end of the heat wave is not yet in sight.

The Broader Impact

This heat wave is part of a global pattern of rising temperatures. June 2024 marked the 13th consecutive month of record global temperatures, according to the European climate service Copernicus. Scientists attribute this trend to long-term warming caused by greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels.

In Las Vegas, the extreme heat poses challenges beyond personal discomfort. Hotels and casinos rely on massive air conditioning units to keep visitors cool, but for the homeless and those without access to such amenities, the city has set up emergency cooling centers. Additionally, Henderson, Nevada, has deployed “polar pods” to treat individuals suffering from heat-related illnesses.

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