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November 24, 2014

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Hot holiday weekend ahead for Las Vegas

Temperatures to be in low 100s on Fourth of July

Grab some sunglasses and head for the pool — temperatures in Las Vegas will sizzle to 106 degrees today.

But a slight cool-down is headed in for the Fourth of July weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

A broad trough of low pressure will move over the area through the holiday weekend, bringing sunny skies, dry conditions and temperatures falling to near or slightly below normal Saturday through Monday, the weather service said.

Afternoon temperatures will climb to a high of 102 degrees Saturday and 103 degrees on Sunday and Monday, forecasters said.

The low pressure is bringing some south to southwest winds today that could gust today as high as 26 mph, forecasters said. However, the winds will die down for the weekend, they said.

At 4:56 a.m. today, the temperature at McCarran International Airport was 80 degrees. The normal low for today's date is 76 degrees. The record low was 62 degrees, set in 1943.

Around the valley just before 5 a.m., temperatures were 79 degrees at North Las Vegas Airport, 83 degrees at Nellis Air Force Base and 78 degrees at Henderson Executive Airport.

Temperatures in the valley were to rise today to 93 degrees by 9 a.m., to 102 degrees by noon and reach a high of 106 degrees by 3 p.m., forecasters said. The normal high for today's date is 103 degrees and the record high was 115 degrees, set in 1950 and 1937.

Temperatures are expected to drop to 105 degrees by 6 p.m., to 97 degrees by 9 p.m. and to 89 degrees by midnight, forecasters said.

Saturday's morning low will be 80 degrees and Saturday's high will climb to 102 degrees, they said.

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