weather icon Mostly Clear

Fire ‘red flag’ warning issued for Las Vegas Valley

Updated June 25, 2019 - 8:46 pm

After monitoring weather conditions Tuesday, the National Weather Service has upgraded a fire weather watch for the Las Vegas Valley beginning midweek to a red flag warning.

The warning, which will be in effect from noon Wednesday to 11 p.m. Thursday in Clark, Nye and Lincoln counties, means conditions are ideal for wildfires — especially because fireworks season is upon us, said meteorologist Jenn Varian.

The weather service is reminding the public that any outdoor burning is not recommended during the warning. People should also avoid setting off fireworks or pulling over in dry brush and leaving the car engine running.

“We’re monitoring humidity values, the wind speeds and the fuels that are readily available in the valley,” meteorologist Kate Guillet added. “When all those ingredients come together, fires will spread rapidly.”

In addition to the increased chances for wildfires, a lake wind advisory has been issued for the Lake Mead National Recreation Area during the same period, with gusts expected over 35 mph.

Varian warned boaters to use “extreme caution” as the water can be rough.

Meanwhile, temperatures are expected to remain near normal for this time of year throughout the week. Tuesday’s high of 100 is should be followed by highs between 99 and 102 through Sunday. Overnight lows this week will be in the lower 70s, according to the weather service.

Breezy afternoons also are expected Wednesday and Thursday in the valley, with gusts up to about 25 mph. Winds should diminish over the weekend.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Cooler, but still mild Las Vegas weekend forecast

Under a mostly sunny sky, the Thursday high will be above average with a high of 65 expected before winds increase and bring on cooler temperatures.

Winds almost as swift as F1 fans leaving Las Vegas

Windy conditions will lighten considerably for the Las Vegas area, but will still be in the 20-30 mph rage for the Colorado River Valley.

Good chance for rain for some F1 events

The National Weather Service lists the chance for rain for some of the Las Vegas Grand Prix events at 70 percent.