It has been a sweltering past few days in Las Vegas, Nevada. With highs of 117 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas. This matches the current record for heat in the area. Las Vegas is only 100 miles west of Death Valley where the highest temperature on earth at 134 degrees was recorded a century ago, therefore it is not surprising the city is experiencing a scorching heat wave. Records are similarly expected to be broken across the West and the Southwest through the weekend and into next week, the National Weather Service said, thanks to a high pressure “dome” parked over the sprawling region.
At a The Vans warped tour a music festival in town, on Friday over 30 people were sent to hospital with heat related illnesses. The National Weather Service warned of the potential for a “life-threatening heat event.” Temperatures have matched and gone over those of a July 2005 heat wave when 17 people died in the Las Vegas Valley.
Officials across the valley have warned people to take precautions. Also The National Weather Service advised people to keep tabs on signs of potentially lethal heat stroke. “Heat stroke symptoms include an increase in body temperature, which leads to deliriousness, unconsciousness and red, dry skin,” it said in a report. “Death can occur when body temperatures reach or exceed 106-107 degrees.”
Here are some top tips for keeping safe in these crazy weathers according to the American Red Cross.
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.
- Eat small meals and eat more often.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
It is important to abide by all of these tips and do more to ensure you and those you are responsible for are safe.
It is only June so the temperatures are likely to stay at this level for a while now, so it is time to get accustomed to and ready for living in these conditions. Stay cool Nevada!
How are you coping with these temperatures? Let me know in the comment section!