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October 21, 2014

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Record-setting heat to continue to wilt Las Vegas Valley through weekend

Don’t bother firing up the barbecue, the sidewalk outside is likely hot enough to cook a burger or two.

By 3 p.m. Friday, the temperature at McCarran International Airport hit 109 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, setting a record for June 7.

The previous record, set in 1955, was 108 degrees. In 2012, the high temperature in all of June was 108 degrees, reached on June 28, according to Ryan Metzger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

One Las Vegas resident claimed the heat was so intense Friday that it shattered the glass of his patio furniture.

“We have a big bridge of high pressure sitting over top of us right now,” Metzger said. “When that moves out, it will lead to a break in temperatures.”

The valley could be in store for more record-breaking temperatures this weekend, and the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the region. The forecast for Saturday calls for a high of 112 degrees; the current record for June 8 is 111 degrees. Sunday's high is expected to be 108 degrees; the record for June 9 is 111.

Temperatures above 110 are not uncommon in Las Vegas, but they generally don’t occur this early in the year. The average date for a 110-degree day in Las Vegas is July 2, according to the weather service. The earliest date 110 was recorded at McCarran was June 6, 2010.

By Monday the higher-than-average temperatures should start to come down, Metzger said.

Next week, high temperatures are expected to hover between 100 and 104 degrees.

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