The Los Angeles area isn't the only spot expecting record heat: Las Vegas is anticipating highs Saturday, Sunday and Monday of 117 degrees, tying an all-time record first set in 1942 and exceeded in 2005.
The thermometer may soar higher still along the Strip, said meteorologist Reed Wolcott at the National Weather Service office in Las Vegas.
“There’s so much concrete there, it’s going to be ever hotter,” he said. “That pavement could be 150, easily, and it radiates upward.”
Wolcott’s advice: “Stay indoors if you can, in air conditioning.” Which isn't so hard to do in Las Vegas.
The excessive-heat warning will remain in effect for the next several days, he said. Tuesday’s forecast high is cooler at 114, but hardly a break.
Wolcott said that many tourists don’t realize how far it is between resorts along Las Vegas Boulevard, so dehydration can be a problem--especially for those who’ve been consuming alcohol.