PHOENIX (AP) — A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled over the West on Friday, threatening to ground airliners and raising fears that people and pets will get burned on the scalding pavement.

The National Weather Service says Las Vegas could see a record high of 118 over the weekend. But the heat was already so punishing on Friday that rangers took up positions at trailheads at Lake Mead in Nevada to persuade people not to hike.

And In Las Vegas, two Elvis impersonators and a performer costumed as the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign said they still planned to keep up their routine of working the tourist corridor in the broad daylight and turning in for the evenings, heat notwithstanding.

Elvis impersonator Cristian Morales said he’d rather “fight with the sun than fight with drunk people.”

The heat, expected to peak Sunday, is unlikely to sideline the first round of the four-week Bikini Invitational tournament.

Hard Rock Casino spokeswoman Abigail Miller says with $100,000 up for grabs, she thinks contestants will make the sacrifice.


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