The Las Vegas Valley reached 109 degrees Thursday, the hottest day of 2019, the National Weather Service said.
National Guard troops and rescue crews in high-water vehicles took up positions around the state.
The Las Vegas Valley will stay warm and breezy for the next few days before highs begin to rise again.
The Las Vegas valley can expect a windy weekend full of clear skies and sunshine before the heat starts kicking in next week.
Gust up to 25 mph and no rain in the forecast through early next week at least, mean vegetation will be dry and easily ignited, according to the National Weather Service.
The week will start off with a predicted high of 99 degrees on Sunday, slightly below the average high temperature of 103 for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service.
Clouds will start forming Saturday with a high of 99 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, and Sunday should see partly cloudy skies and a high of 101.
Dry and breezy conditions this week prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for Clark County and much of Southern Nevada.
After monitoring weather conditions Tuesday, the National Weather Service has upgraded a fire weather watch for the Las Vegas Valley to a midweek red flag warning, meaning conditions will be ideal for wildfires.
Temperatures on Saturday only reached 89 degrees, breaking the record for the date, last set on June 22, 1976, at 91 degrees. Sunday’s high is expected to reach 94 degrees.
The first day of summer was cooler than average, a trend that should continue through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
Wednesday’s high is expected to reach 105 degrees before dipping to 80 degrees in the evening, when gusts will continue to grow stronger overnight into Thursday.
A high of 102 is expected Saturday and there are no chances for rain, meteorologist Alex Boothe said.