Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 | 5:57 p.m.
Temperatures soared to a record high on Tuesday as the mercury topped out at 110 degrees in Las Vegas.
McCarran International Airport recorded the high at 3:10 p.m. The previous high of 109 degrees for today's date was set in 1998 and 1944, according to National Weather Service records.
The temperature also set a daily record in Needles, Calif., where the high hit 117 degrees.
Forecasters have issued an excessive heat warning in effect through Saturday in the surrounding areas below 4,000 feet in elevation.
The weather service said Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be the hottest days this week in Las Vegas, at 112 degrees. Lows will fall only to the middle and upper 80s.