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December 22, 2014

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Wind advisory, Red Flag Warning issued for Las Vegas Valley

High temperatures topping 100 degrees today, gusts up to 50 mph

Hot temperatures climbing into the 100s, with gusty winds and blowing dust are in store today for the Las Vegas Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service has issued a Wind Advisory for the valley from 2 p.m. through 11 p.m. today.

Winds will be from the southwest between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts to between 40 and 50 mph, forecasters said.

The strong crosswinds may make driving difficult at times, while blowing sand and dust might rapidly lower visibilities to less than a mile, they said.

The weather service has also issued a Red Flag Warning that strong winds and dry conditions could spread outdoor fires quickly through the region.

The wildfire warning is in effect from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in southern Nevada and northwest Arizona.

The gusty winds below the canyons and along the lower slopes of the mountains could reach 70 mph at times, they said.

Las Vegas reached its first official 100-degree day on Wednesday at 3:31 p.m. at McCarran International Airport, the weather service's official recording station.

McCarran is expected to top that today, with the high there reaching 101.

Highs throughout the valley will range from 94 degrees on the west side of the valley to around 104 degrees on the east side, forecasters said.

This morning’s low at McCarran was expected to be 73 degrees. The normal low for today's date is 66 degrees. The record low was 43 degrees, set in 1962.

Temperatures at McCarran were to rise today to 84 degrees by 9 a.m., to 94 degrees by noon and reach a high of 101 degrees by 4 p.m., forecasters said. The normal high for today's date is 89 degrees and the record high was 102 degrees, set in 2009, 1970 and 1937.

Temperatures are expected to drop to 100 degrees by 6 p.m., to 93 degrees by 9 p.m. and to 84 degrees by midnight, forecasters said.

Friday's morning low will be 70 degrees and Friday's high will climb to 90 degrees, they said.

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