LAS VEGAS (KXNT/AP) — The mercury shot up to 117 degrees in Las Vegas on Sunday to tie the city’s all-time record high and to cause more discomfort for residents and tourists.
National Weather Service forecasters say since Las Vegas began keeping weather records in 1937, the only other times the temperature reached 117 degrees were on July 19, 2005 and July 24, 1942.
Temperatures continued steadily upward after we saw an overnight low of 89 degrees on Sunday morning. That reading tied the city’s record highest minimum temperature for the date set in 2009 and 1994.
Las Vegas authorities say seven more people were taken to the hospital with heat-related problems as of early Sunday afternoon and the most serious case involved an adult who has no air conditioning at his home.
On Saturday, a man died and another was hospitalized in serious condition in heat-aggravated incidents in Las Vegas.