Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 1:03 a.m.
The thermostat is expected to continue its climb upward this week as the Las Vegas Valley enters the middle of a heat wave.
The Las Vegas Valley reached a high of 105 degrees on Wednesday at McCarran International Airport, falling only one degree short of the forecast, according to National Weather Service officials. The temperature on Thursday, however, is expected to surpass that.
The day is expected to start with a low of 83 degrees, and then climb to 110, officials said. Still, the high will be four degrees short of the record for the day, which was set in 1977.
To stay safe in the extreme heat, Valley Health System officials recommend that residents:
• Stay inside during the hottest parts of the day.
• Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing, a hat and sunscreen.
• Cool your car as much as possible by cracking the windows for ventilation and covering the steering wheel and car seats.
• Know your limits in the heat.
• Stay hydrated with water.
Officials said people should also be aware of signs of heat exhaustion such as muscle cramping, heavy sweating, weakness, pale or clammy skin, a fast but weak pulse and nausea or vomiting. If a person does exhibit those signs, they are urged to cool down their body and seek medical attention if it does not improve.
If someone is suffering a heat stroke, they are recommended to call 911 and then take steps to cool the body. Do not give that person fluids, officials said.